A pediatrician told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Monday that President Donald Trump’s policy of separating children from their families could be doing irreparable harm to their emotional and cognitive development.
Dr. Colleen Kraft, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, outlined all the ways that the Trump administration’s family separation policy is harmful to young children — and she described in heartbreaking detail what she saw first-hand when she visited a detention facility where immigrant children were being held.
“I can’t describe to you the room I was in with the toddlers,” Kraft said of the detention facility. “Normally toddlers are rambunctious and running around. We had one child just screaming and crying, and the others were really silent. And this is not normal activity or brain development with these children.”
According to Kraft, this could have a long-term impact on these children, whose brains are not yet equipped to handle these kinds of stressful situations.
“It disrupts their brain architecture and keeps them from developing language and social emotional bonds, and gross motor skills, and the development that they could possibly have,” she said.
In the end, Kraft said that there’s no other way to describe the administration’s family separation policy except to say that, “This does amount to child abuse.”
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"Now I've seen you referred to a little bit recently as the 'Love Gov' and I'm wondering if that's making you a little soft on the president, that you don't want to really criticize him, because you need him and now's not a time for fighting," said the younger Cuomo. "But don't you have to balance that with calling him out if he's doing things that you don't think are great for the people of your state to be hearing and experiencing? Love Gov?"
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"He had a voter fraud commission that was disbanded without producing any such evidence," Dale told anchor Erin Burnett. "This is complete nonsense ... the specific lie was about a California settlement with a conservative group called Judicial Watch."