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Deep dive into immigration: pending legislation on the Hill, psychological impact of family separation and how we got here




House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) talks with journalists during a news conference following a House Republican Conference meeting June 6, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) talks with journalists during a news conference following a House Republican Conference meeting June 6, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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President Trump is scheduled to meet House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss two GOP immigration bills that are expected to get a floor vote this week.

The first bill is a conservative measure written by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the other is a “compromise” among Republican leaders, moderates and White House staffers.

Meanwhile, backlash is growing over the current border crossing policy where more than 2,000 immigrant children were separated from their parents in recent weeks. The new policy sparked a conversation about the effect separation has on children. Health experts, notably pediatricians and psychologists, called the effect catastrophic. As a reaction to the trauma, the body releases a flood of stress hormones that can start killing off dendrites, the branched extensions of a nerve cell in the brain that transmit mes­sages. Such trauma can kill off neurons in the long run especially in children.

The effect is so damaging that thousands of mental health professionals have signed a petition urging the president to end the separation policy. We explain the scientific research that is driving such move.

If you experienced child-parent separation that affected you till this day, call us at 866-893-5722 and share your experience with us. 

Guests:

Arit John, a congressional reporter for Bloomberg; she tweets @aritbenie

Ted Hesson, immigration reporter for POLITICO Pro; he tweets @tedhesson

Charles Nelson, pediatrics and neuroscience professor at Harvard Medical School; director of research in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston’s Children Hospital; he tweets @CharlesaNelson1