Comments about child abuse changed minds on migrant kids, experts say

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Americans did not start fighting the Trump administration’s new policies to detain Latino migrant children until doctors pointed out the permanent and harmful effects on the kids, pediatricians and other experts said Monday.

Once pediatricians, especially, started calling the detentions abusive, support for the policies began to fall apart, American Academy of Pediatrics president Dr. Colleen Kraft said at a seminar.

“We know that separating parents from children is not a great idea. But science tells us this is actually child abuse,” Kraft told an audience at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

“Even if you are on the right, seeing children treated like this is against what we all believe,” said George Escobar, program chief for CASA, a Maryland-based immigration aid charity.

“This is not a red and blue subject.”