Recording captures cries of children separated from parents at United States border

Customs and Border Protection a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who’ve been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States stand in line at a facility in McAllen Texas Sunday Ju

Children are typically silent and withdrawn as their caregivers break down in tears in front of me describing families torn apart by politically motivated incarceration, armed conflict or deportation. It is unclear what will happen to the families if there aren't available resources to provide for them.

The controversy surrounding migrant families separated by USA border agents is ramping up. "There must be a better solution than a simple choice between "catch and release" and separating children from their parents". But the controversy comes with the idea that children can't be held with their parents. It has held true across settings no less disparate than the rehabilitation of child soldiers, the resettlement of refugee children and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Immigrants arrested near the southwestern border are taken to processing centers where officials refer some to federal court to be prosecuted under the US criminal entry statute.

But the new practice, announced in a statement Thursday, does not address those children who have been sent to shelters nationwide who were separated from their parents over the past two months and are likely in the custody of a different government agency.

How can the parents be reunited with their children?

However, there is conflicting information circulating about whether all kids are being separated at the border.

In the audio, recorded inside a United States customs and border protection facility, children repeatedly cry "Mama" and "Papá", while one six-year-old keeps asking officials to call her aunt - even sharing a memorised phone number.

ProPublica reported that the girl and the rest of the wailing children heard on the audio hadn't been at the facility a full 24 hours "so their distress at having been separated from their parents was still raw".

One of them said Nielsen, who had become the face of the administration's policy, had little faith that Congress would act to fix the separation issue and felt compelled to act. An adult man responds, apparently in jest: "We have an orchestra here".

In the recording, children are asked about where they are from and their family situation.

In the audio clips - accessed by non-profit news platform ProPublica from a Customs and Border Protection facility - Central American children, estimated to be between 4 and 10 years old, are heard sobbing and asking for their "Mami" and "Papi". "By entering our country illegally, often in risky circumstances, illegal immigrants have put their children at risk". This seems to be true even after taking into account children's baseline mental health, or when focusing on children who are in good health before entering foster care.

- After days of mounting pressure, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families at the border. Or do you work with families who have been detained or separated? In a 2012 literature review, the AAP wrote, "physiologic responses to stress are well defined" describing the "wear and tear" that prolonged stress places on multiple organ systems, including the developing brain.

He isn't wrong that the parents bear responsibility.

Those family separations caused a worldwide uproar, however, after news outlets published countless stories about devastated and traumatized migrant children - some just months old - being placed in shelters across the USA while their parents were detained separately or deported.

Related news: