To the Editor:
We had not imagined a few months ago, when we wrote to decry the trauma of forced family separation, that we would be called upon so soon to condemn, even more forcefully, another action of the federal government towards migrant children.
Over the holiday weekend, while most Americans were finishing their Thanksgiving celebrations, migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border were attacked with tear gas in efforts to prevent them from seeking asylum. Immigration and immigration reform are complicated. However, we would offer a few simple truths: adults should never abuse children; military forces should never abuse children; governments should never abuse children and if we are witnesses to children's abuse, whether they are in our offices or at the border, we are compelled, by our oaths as physicians and our individual moral compasses, to speak out, as we are now, against such abuse unequivocally, unapologetically, and unceasingly.
Elizabeth Lowenhaupt MD, President of the RI Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Daisy Bassen MD, Vice President of the RI Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry