Sen. Brown asks about mental, emotional well-being of kids separated at the border


    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) file photo: WKEF/WRGT)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKEF/WRGT) - As President Trump announces he'll be 'signing something' to stop the separation of families at the border, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is demanding answers from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security.

    Brown wrote a letter to the agencies following reports that the practice of separating families will traumatize children. Senator Brown says he wants to know what policies are in place to care for the emotional and mental well-being of children who've been separated from their families. "I implore you not just as a Senator, but as a father and grandfather – please take action to prevent any more children from suffering such trauma," Brown wrote.

    Brown cites reporting by the Washington Post and National Public Radio that children who've been separated from their families will suffer long-term effects mentally, physically and emotionally. He goes on to call the practice of separating children from their families "immoral" and asked the agencies to immediately end the practice.

    READ: Sen. Brown writes letter to HHS and DHS

    Wednesday President Trump said he would be signing an executive order to keep families together. The announcement comes after Trump and other members of his administration have said the only way to end the separations is for Congress to act. However, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have said the president has had the power to reverse it himself.

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