Society for Research in Child Development statement on treatment of children at US-Mexico Border

From President Kenneth Dodge and Executive Director Laura Namy:

“Separation of children from families at the U.S.-Mexico border continues, and the welfare of children is being compromised.  The trauma of separation can have lasting effects.  The scientific evidence is clear that separation of children from their families, particularly under circumstances such as those occurring today at the U.S.-Mexico border, is harmful to children’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. We urge that families be allowed to remain together.”

See scientific details of negative impacts of this policy here.