The Impact of Family Separation on Immigrant and Refugee Families

Shruti Simha
Date of Publication: 
March, 2019
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The current administration's zero tolerance policy that was announced on April 6, 2018, prompted separation of 2,654 children from their families per a report by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [1]. One hundred and twenty children were still in Office of Refugee Resettlement care as of Oct. 15, 2018, and another 125 made the difficult decision, in consultation with their parents who were deported, to remain separated and stay in the United States in order to pursue asylum [1]. As a pediatrician and mother, these stories have been heart-wrenching.

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Simha, S. (2019). The impact of family separation on immigrant and refugee families. North Carolina Medical Journal March 2019, 80(2). Retrieved from