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A Pediatrician Reports Back From A Visit To A Children's Shelter Near The Border

Doctors worry that the trauma children experience when they were separated from their parents at the U.S. border could have lasting health effects.
Border Patrol agents take a father and son from Honduras into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border. The asylum seekers were then sent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center for possible separation. Source: John Moore

Nearly 2,000 immigrant children were separated from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully this spring, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Many pediatricians have expressed concerns about the effects this traumatic event could have on those children.

Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, visited a shelter in Texas' Rio Grande Valleywhere some of these about that visit on Monday. She said she's concerned that the stress the children are going through will have long-term health effects.

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