According to a report released on September 4th, declared that migrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border have been enduring different types of trauma.
As per the report by the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, migrant children, many already suffered severe mental and physical health problem in their home countries, once again endured fear and distress when they got separated in 2018 by U.S. officials under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
The report says that children seemed anxious and distressed but they were sacred of sharing information because of their mental health.
The report stated:
“Program directors and mental health clinicians reported that children who believed their parents had abandoned them were angry and confused. Other children expressed feelings of fear and guilt and became concerned about their parents’ welfare.”
A clinician told investigators:
“You get a lot of ‘my chest hurts,’ even though everything is fine (medically). Children describe symptoms – ‘Every heartbeat hurts,’ ‘I can’t feel my heart’ – of emotional pain.”
The report is the first fundamental accounting which aims to find out the effects the migrant children faced after separation from their parents under the “zero tolerance” policy. Almost 100 mental health clinicians were interviewed who has spent time with migrant kids but didn’t directly tackle the care quality the affected children did receive.