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U.S. Government Detained Record Number of Migrant Children in 2019

HeadlineNov 13, 2019

Newly released government data shows the U.S. government has detained a record number of migrant children over the past year — nearly 70,000 babies, children and teenagers held in U.S. government custody. That’s a 42% increase over the last fiscal year. The American Academy of Pediatrics has condemned child detention, saying even short periods of detention can cause psychological trauma and long-term mental health risks.

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