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Immigrant families struggling with trauma of separation

September 7, 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration say they are suffering deep emotional wounds after being reunited.

They want the U.S. government to pay for mental health treatment to remedy the situation.

A 6-year-old immigrant boy sobs at the school bus stop in suburban Maryland and begs his mother to promise she will not disappear again. A toddler in Honduras wakes up screaming and searches for the government social worker who cared for him for several months.

A federal class-action lawsuit filed this week seeks unspecified financial compensation and the creation of a fund to pay for mental health treatment for more than 2,000 children who were taken from their parents. The Trump administration declined to comment.

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