Supporting Policy

Voice Your Concerns about U.S. Immigration Policies that Separate Children and Parents

The Society of Behavioral Medicine strongly opposes the current U.S. immigration policy that involves the inhumane practice of forcibly separating children from parents among migrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking families.

The systemic separation of children from their family unit as a strategy to deter migrating families is a serious violation of children’s rights and international human rights laws. Reports of the inhumane conditions (e.g., overcrowding, pens that separate siblings by gender) in which these children are placed are deeply disturbing. Such practices are exacting irreparable physical, neurological, and psychological harm on already-strained children and families, many of whom are fleeing from life-threatening conditions in their home countries. Children are particularly vulnerable to adverse and traumatic experiences. Forced separation from their most trusted caregivers exposes children to extreme stress that can severely compromise their health and well-being for the rest of their lives.

We encourage you to also raise your voice in opposition using this American Civil Liberties Union tool to call your U.S. senators.