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Separating Kids From Their Families Can Permanently Damage Their Brains

A pediatrician explains how the trauma of family separation can change biology.
Source: Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters

President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order intended to end the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border, reversing his own administration’s policy after a national outcry.

However, many immigrant children will likely still face great turmoil, beyond the stress of the immigration experience itself. According to the new rules, immigrant families can still behave already been separated from their parents. (The new policy might also be illegal, as my colleague .)

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