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A Physician in South Texas on an Unnerving Encounter with an Eight-Year-Old Boy in Immigration Detention

By The New Yorker

Amanda Schaffer talks to Alicia Hart, an emergency doctor in South Texas, about her interaction with an eight-year-old migrant child in detention who needed clearance for psychiatric treatment afteRead full story


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  • Max Lockie
    Max LockiePlatform Editor at Quartz

    Some of these kids are going to grow up and tell their stories. They seem small and far away now, but that will change.

  • The Dr. favored sending the boy to a psychiatric unit to get him away from the detention unit. The Nurse who was only doing her job, and the security guards who had no patience for the child are all products and producers of their own social system.

    People like this Physician give me hope that sometimes we shine a light a little.

  • Whitney Gallagher
    Whitney Gallagher

    Detention centers for children unable to fend for themselves is disgusting and any person who thinks otherwise is a monster. Keeping these people away from their kids, unaware of their health or mental state does not sound like the American way, whatever that is these days. I don’t see the end result of this to benefit anyone but wreak havoc and do quite the opposite.

  • Any broader concerns of immigration policy and border security are irrelevant-- this is flat out disgusting. Thousands of children's lives have been irrevocably ruined in a matter of weeks. Absolutely no one's interests are served by this kind of repulsive, pointless cruelty. It's the kind of thing the villains in a cartoon might do, so over-the-top, utterly evil it's almost impossible to believe.

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