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Migrant Families Fear Separations Could Lead to Health Problems

Experts say that families who were separated struggle with anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, guilt, and changes in behavior.

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Samayra’s son stopped eating after he was separated from his father at the Texas border in June 2018. Her son and his father arrived in the U.S. seeking refuge after leaving behind poverty and violence in Honduras. By the time her son was reunited with his family, Samayra said he was so undernourished she could not recognize him. And even when he was reunited with his family in Los Angeles, the child became quiet, had difficulty in school and could not concentrate on homework. Experts say families who were separated at the border struggle with anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, guilt, fear of separation and changes in behavior. AZCentral 

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Trump Visiting U.S.-Mexico Border

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