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Providing decent medical care for families in U.S. detention centers near the Mexican border has become exceedingly difficult over the past 2 years. Trauma was inflicted on migrants to deter others from attempting to enter the United States. A cornerstone of deterrence was the “zero tolerance” policy that forcibly separated children from their parents at the border. Photographs of children confined in cages horrified Americans, who demanded that the policy be rescinded. It was, but family separations continue and have been made even worse by the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) — which the U.S. Supreme Court will most likely review later this year — under which asylum seekers and their children are returned to Mexico to wait in makeshift camps for their applications to be reviewed. This practice has created yet another humanitarian crisis.


From The New England Journal of Medicine, Sondra S. Crosby and George J. Annas, Border Babies — Medical Ethics and Human Rights in Immigrant Detention Centers, Volume 383, Page 297, Copyright © 2020 Massachusetts Medical Society. Reprinted with permission.

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