New York City's public hospitals have treated 12 migrant children in its emergency rooms who were recently separated from their parents and placed in short-term foster care.
NYC Health & Hospitals CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz stated that these were the only children identified to date by the health system as being separated from their parents.
"We know the health risks associated with tearing apart children from their families are very real, including an increased risk of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and attention-deficit disorder," said Katz.
According to a report by the University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Program (IHRP), Invisible Citizens: Canadian Children in Immigration Detention, Canada has housed over 200 Canadian children in detention in Toronto’s Immigration Holding Centre since 2011, as well as hundreds of formally detained non-Canadian children.
The report recommends that "Canada urgently implement alternatives to the detention of children rather than confining them in immigration detention facilities or separating them from their detained parents."
The #donttakethekids movement has requested that children’s toys be piled in front of the US Consulate in Toronto on June 8, 2018 at 2 pm.
"The US administration has found a powerful new way to stop people from crossing its borders: taking away their children. In recent months, over 700 little kids – including more than 100 babies and toddlers – have been taken from their detained parents and sent to facilities across the country."
The toys will represent a donation to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is fighting the new policy in court. The event details can be found here.
According to a BBC article, transgender migrant Roxana Hernandez was being held by immigration authorities in New Mexico when she became sick. She travelled via the migrant caravan which President Trump had criticized. Hernandez was escaping violence, hate and stigma in Central America.
Immigrants' rights groups are asking for "dignified and humane treatment for all asylum seekers, medical care sensitive to the needs of transgender people and those with HIV, and the closure of all immigration detention centres."
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