Nearly 2,000 migrant children have been separated in the last six weeks as a result of the U.S. zero-tolerance approach to illegal border crossing.
Psychologists say the sudden separation of children from their parents can lead to long-term trauma.
Migrant children who endure the long journey of immigrating to the United States from their home countries, and upon arrival are violently forced to separate from their parents; particularly mothers, will experience deep feelings of terror and helplessness.
Here's how separating families affects a child's mental health.
Posted by AJ+ on Wednesday, 27 June 2018
There are more than 100 shelters across the country where migrant children are detained.
The kids are likely to suffer from toxic stress, and prolonged exposure to fight or flight hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine.
Children who are forcefully separated are being bussed and flown to various parts of the U.S. and transferred to longer-term shelters in an effort to place these helpless children in an already overly-crowded and broken system of foster care and sponsor families.