These are the real life victims of Trump’s insane policy on border crossers. The New York Daily News ran the photo as their front page yesterday and it quickly made the social media rounds as people reacted with anger and despair.
According to one social worker these types of encounters can have lasting negative effects on these children.
The removal of physical contact from children increases physical and mental health issues over the lifespan. It also increases increases the adult risk for morbidity and mortality for these children. Toxic childhood stress has been shown to alter neural responses to stress, increases the emotional and physical arousal to threat and makes it significantly harder for the reaction to go away.
Essentially we are creating huge amounts of traumatic stress, decreasing the life span of these children, increasing the health problems of the children and most likely increasing the likelihood of suicidal tendencies and so forth. Further impact will be felt generationally as these children will be at increased risk of abusing their own children or partners, as well as increased crime rates and other social ills.
Let’s hope that this insane man in office isn’t creating future America hating terrorists with his insane policies. Because while he may not be here to deal with it, we and our children most certainly will.