U.S. Must Provide Mental Health Services to Families Separated at Border

Miriam Jordan - The New York Times

"A federal judge has ruled that the [US] government must provide mental health services to thousands of migrant parents and children who experienced psychological harm as a result of the Trump administration’s practice of separating families," according to this article from the New York Times. Of the recent decision, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, said: "“The court is recognizing that when a government creates a danger that inflicts trauma, the government is responsible for providing a solution. It is not something I have seen a court do before.”

“You cannot have a policy of deliberately trying to injure a family bond,” said Mark Rosenbaum, a lawyer with Public Counsel, which brought the case along with the law firm Sidley Austin. “Cruelty cannot be part of an enforcement policy, and here it was the cornerstone of the policy.”