The psychological impact of child separation at the US-Mexico border | Luis H. Zayas

The psychological impact of child separation at the US-Mexico border | Luis H. Zayas


For over 40 years, I’ve been
a clinical social worker and a developmental psychologist. And it seemed almost natural
for me to go into the helping professions. My parents had taught me
to do good for others. And so I devoted my career to working with families
in some of the toughest circumstances: poverty, mental illness, immigration, refugees. And for all those years,
I’ve worked with hope and with optimism. In the past five years, though, my hope and my optimism
have been put to the test. I’ve been so deeply disappointed
in the way the United States government is treating families who are coming
to our southern border, asking for asylum — desperate parents with children,
from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, who only want to bring their kids
to safety and security. They are fleeing some of
the worst violence in the world. They’ve been attacked by gangs, assaulted, raped, extorted, threatened. They have faced death. And they can’t turn to their police
because the police are complicit, corrupt, ineffective. Then they get to our border, and we put them in detention centers, prisons, as if they were common criminals. Back in 2014, I met some of
the first children in detention centers. And I wept. I sat in my car afterwards and I cried. I was seeing some of the worst
suffering I’d ever known, and it went against everything
I believed in my country, the rule of law and everything my parents taught me. The way the United States
has handled the immigrants seeking asylum in our country over the past five years — it’s wrong, just simply wrong. Tonight, I want to tell you
that children in immigration detention are being traumatized. And we are causing the trauma. We in America — actually, those of us here tonight — will not necessarily be on the same page
with respect to immigration. We’ll disagree on how we’re going
to handle all those people who want to come to our country. Frankly, it doesn’t matter to me
whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, liberal or conservative. I want secure borders. I also want to keep the bad actors out. I want national security. And of course, you’ll have your ideas
about those topics, too. But I think we can agree that America should not be doing harm. The government, the state, should not
be in the business of hurting children. It should be protecting them, no matter whose children they are: your children, my grandchildren and the children of families
just looking for asylum. Now, I could tell you story after story of children who have witnessed
some of the worst violence in the world and are now sitting in detention. But two little boys have stayed with me
over these past five years. One of them was Danny. Danny was seven and a half years old
when I met him in a detention center in Karnes City, Texas, back in 2014. He was there with his mother
and his brother, and they had fled Honduras. You know, Danny is one of these kids
that you get to love instantly. He’s funny, he’s innocent, he’s charming and very expressive. And he’s drawing pictures for me, and one of the pictures he drew for me
was of the Revos Locos. The Revos Locos: this is the name that they gave to gangs
in the town that he was in. I said to Danny, “Danny, what makes them bad guys?” Danny looked at me with puzzlement. I mean, the look was more like, “Are you clueless or just stupid?” (Laughter) He leaned in and he whispered, “Don’t you see? They smoke cigarettes.” (Laughter) “And they drink beer.” Danny had learned, of course,
about the evils of drinking and smoking. Then he said, “And they carry guns.” In one of the pictures, the stick figures of the Revos Locos
are shooting at birds and at people. Danny told me about the day his uncle
was killed by those Revos Locos and how he ran from his house
to his uncle’s farmhouse, only to see his uncle’s dead body, his face disfigured by bullets. And Danny told me he saw his uncle’s teeth
coming out the back of his head. He was only six at the time. Sometime after that, one of those Revos Locos
beat little Danny badly, severely, and that’s when his parents said, “We have got to leave
or they will kill us.” So they set out. But Danny’s father was
a single-leg amputee with a crutch, and he couldn’t manage the rugged terrain. So he said to his wife, “Go without me. Take our boys. Save our boys.” So Mom and the boys set off. Danny told me he looked back,
said goodbye to his father, looked back a couple of times
until he lost sight of his father. In detention, he had not
heard from his father. And it’s very likely that his father
was killed by the Revos Locos, because he had tried to flee. I can’t forget Danny. The other boy was Fernando. Now, Fernando was
in the same detention center, roughly the same age as Danny. Fernando was telling me about the 24 hours
he spent in isolation with his mother in the detention center, placed there because his mother
had led a hunger strike among the mothers in the detention center, and now she was cracking
under the pressure of the guards, who were threatening and being
very abusive towards her and Fernando. As Fernando and I are talking
in the small office, his mother burst in, and she says, “They hear you!
They’re listening to you.” And she dropped to her hands and knees, and she began to look under the table,
groping under all the chairs. She looked at the electric sockets, at the corner of the room, the floor, the corner of the ceiling, at the lamp, at the air vent, looking
for hidden microphones and cameras. I watched Fernando
as he watched his mother spiral into this paranoid state. I looked in his eyes
and I saw utter terror. After all, who would take care
of him if she couldn’t? It was just the two of them.
They only had each other. I could tell you story after story, but I haven’t forgotten Fernando. And I know something about
what that kind of trauma, stress and adversity does to children. So I’m going to get clinical
with you for a moment, and I’m going to be
the professor that I am. Under prolonged and intense stress, trauma, hardship, adversity,
harsh conditions, the developing brain is harmed, plain and simple. Its wiring and its architecture are damaged. The child’s natural stress
response system is affected. It’s weakened of its protective factors. Regions of the brain
that are associated with cognition, intellectual abilities, judgment, trust, self-regulation,
social interaction, are weakened, sometimes permanently. That impairs children’s future. We also know that under stress,
the child’s immune system is suppressed, making them susceptible to infections. Chronic illnesses, like diabetes,
asthma, cardiovascular disease, will follow those children into adulthood
and likely shorten their lives. Mental health problems are linked
to the breakdown of the body. I have seen children in detention who have recurrent
and disturbing nightmares, night terrors, depression and anxiety, dissociative reactions, hopelessness, suicidal thinking and post-traumatic stress disorders. And they regress in their behavior, like the 11-year-old boy who began to wet his bed again
after years of continence. And the eight-year-old girl
who was buckling under the pressure and was insisting
that her mother breastfeed her. That is what detention does to children. Now, you may ask: What do we do? What should our government do? Well, I’m just a mental
health professional, so all I really know is about
children’s health and development. But I have some ideas. First, we need to reframe our practices. We need to replace fear and hostility with safety and compassion. We need to tear down the prison walls, the barbed wire, take away the cages. Instead of prison, or prisons, we should create orderly
asylum processing centers, campus-like communities where children and families
can live together. We could take old motels,
old army barracks, refit them so that children and parents
can live as family units in some safety and normality, where kids can run around. In these processing centers, pediatricians, family doctors, dentists and nurses, would be screening, examining, treating and immunizing children, creating records that will follow them
to their next medical provider. Social workers would be conducting
mental health evaluations and providing treatment
for those who need it. Those social workers
would be connecting families to services that they’re going
to need, wherever they’re headed. And teachers would be teaching
and testing children and documenting their learning so that the teachers at the next school can continue those children’s education. There’s a lot more that we could do
in these processing centers. A lot more. And you probably are thinking, this is pie-in-the-sky stuff. Can’t blame you. Well, let me tell you that refugee camps
all over the world are holding families like those in our detention centers, and some of those refugee camps
are getting it right far better than we are. The United Nations has issued reports
describing refugee camps that protect children’s
health and development. Children and parents live in family units and clusters of families
are housed together. Parents are given work permits
so they can earn some money, they’re given food vouchers so they can
go to the local stores and shop. Mothers are brought together
to cook healthy meals for the children, and children go to school
every day and are taught. Afterwards, after school,
they go home and they ride bikes, hang out with friends, do homework
and explore the world — all the essentials for child development. We can get it right.
We have the resources to get it right. What we need is the will
and the insistence of Americans that we treat children humanely. You know, I can’t forget
Danny or Fernando. I wonder where they are today, and I pray that they
are healthy and happy. They are only two
of the many children I met and of the thousands we know about
who have been in detention. I may be saddened by what’s happened to the children, but I’m inspired by them. I may cry, as I did, but I admire those children’s strength. They keep alive my hope
and my optimism in the work I do. So while we may differ
on our approach to immigration, we should be treating children
with dignity and respect. We should do right by them. If we do, we can prepare those children
who remain in the United States, prepare them to become productive,
engaged members of our society. And those who will return to their
countries whether voluntarily or not will be prepared to become the teachers,
the merchants, the leaders in their country. And I hope together
all of those children and parents could give testimony to the world
about the goodness of our country and our values. But we have to get it right. So we can agree
to disagree on immigration, but I hope we can agree on one thing: that none of us wants to look back
at this moment in our history, when we knew we were inflicting
lifelong trauma on children, and that we sat back and did nothing. That would be the greatest tragedy of all. Thank you. (Applause)

86 Comments

  • joel comstock

    November 11, 2019

    South Park already did this. It causes a mexican joker.

    Reply
  • And End

    November 11, 2019

    These people are not your family, friends or neighbors. It's terrible to observe cruelties in their homes, but they're responsible for construction of good and safe home and they're responsible if they didn't succeed with this task. They have no rights to brake the law and rush to other countries hoping to get free homes, free food and benefits of welfare. Period.

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  • Moral Lobster

    November 12, 2019

    How about we share this idea with parents that consider illegally crossing borders with their children, instead?

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  • Demasiadamente Studios

    November 12, 2019

    If you want to cross the border and you don't have papers, it's a crime. A crime is a crime no matter the previous history.
    Is there any sad story I could tell to not go to jail if I kill someone? No, the crime is the same. When people get used to break the law they complain when they can't get away with it.

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  • Traci Mann

    November 12, 2019

    Too many children are brought into the USA and abandoned!!! I know, I used to teach them. The poor little kids couldn't even speak the language. Currently I hire immigrants to work every week and I help them anyway I can. But I dont say bad things about our government because I understand the VOLUME of people is OVERWHELMING. 100,000 immigrants in NYC annually! It's too much to help that many at once, much less for decades…I do my part to give them work, but not everyone does…there does need to be a system put in place to help immigrants.

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  • Hellgrinde

    November 12, 2019

    So many idiots comparing what we are doing at the border to patents going to jail. These things aren’t even remotely the same, and to even claim such shows an extreme lack of perspective and humanity. Please learn more about why the border crisis is so damaging, instead of immediately parroting insane talking points.

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  • Jaqui Saldana

    November 12, 2019

    thank you luis zayas i completely agree with you that we are inflicting trauma on a whole generation. We only have ourselves to blame for this administrations atrocities

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  • Ryan Jonas

    November 12, 2019

    Is this a joke?
    Guess its finally time to unsub from TED…

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  • Ethan Buss

    November 12, 2019

    If I get arrested for a DUI with a child in the car, the child is separated from me. US citizens are separated from their families as a result of committing the crime. An ASYLUM seeker when going through a PORT OF ENTRY, not hopping the border, are placed in DHS care while they await confirmation. This entire video conflates legal asylees with actual illegal border hoppers. Shameful.

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  • Jimmynoleaks boilerman

    November 12, 2019

    They are common criminals! They sneak in,and don't file papers, and want welfare, health insurance, housing,food, send them every penny you have! I don't believe that they could have Guns , guns are illegal there, so how could they have Guns,impossible. The democrats' said if they could ban Guns there would be no more gun crimes,who do I believe? Danny? Or any Democrat ? P. S. Tell them not to come!!!!

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  • James Skiles

    November 12, 2019

    Is anyone else getting tired of ted being a liberal dog whistle? Where did the real science go? Why is TED just social justice now, liberal and female studies? I think TED stands for Trash Expected from Democrats because that's all I ever see here anymore.

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  • Jimmynoleaks boilerman

    November 12, 2019

    Army barracks hahaha, then Trump would be the bad guy because assholes would call them concentration camps,can't have it both ways !

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  • WonderMagician

    November 12, 2019

    Thank you for exposing the depth of long-term suffering imposed by our inhumane treatment of asylum seekers….

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  • Chicagocubbiegirl

    November 12, 2019

    This is politically motivated bs. Gang violence is not grounds for refugee status. If it were, we should send back every one of the Latin migrants and only take African nationals, since violence is substantially worse there. Further, migrants who try to bypass the formal asylum process by sneaking across the border expose their children to far more violence than they face at home. Something like 70% of females are raped when they go with traffickers. If this guy cared about them he'd tell them to apply at the US embassy in their country.

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  • Andrew Cripps

    November 12, 2019

    The global outpouring of horror was about the act of separation itself, not the circumstances! It is the worst thing you can do to a kid and family. Social workers do this daily where they think the child is/maybe at risk, they do this in full knowledge the act WILL inflict lifelong trauma on all concerned. Disgusting hypocritical talk, we all need to rebel against the status quo of our societies that fail to provide adequate education, care, support for its citizens. Cognitive dissonance sucks.

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  • Jersey Devil

    November 12, 2019

    Blame the parents who know they are illegally entering a country. The parents are teaching their children that it is ok to break the law!

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  • Nancy Reyna

    November 12, 2019

    God protect the Native Latino children from black/white US government. Civilization existed here in Mexico, North America, Central America and South America before the English brought African slaves to weave their fake stories that are psychologically polluting the indigenous Native psyche. God protect the Natives and their beautiful Native features straight hair and nose. Everyone else (black/white African/British) is a foreigner!

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  • Sara mc

    November 12, 2019

    Crazy thought… How about you don't take your children with you while you commit a crime?

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  • Lu Lu

    November 12, 2019

    How about the children separated from their families right here in the USA? One cannot care for others if one does not care for one's own. Psychology 101.

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  • MrXelium

    November 12, 2019

    Let me help you with that title.

    "The psychological impact of children separation at the Mexican border INFLICTED by their own parents."

    When you know you're illegal, don't have children.

    It's as simple as that.

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  • Las Vegar

    November 12, 2019

    Mexican joker?

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  • highoctaneman2

    November 12, 2019

    Unsub, bye. Tired of this crap on TED.

    Reply
  • danawayne1954

    November 12, 2019

    this is the worst TED talk I have ever heard…

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  • Sound Guy

    November 12, 2019

    So bottomline: let's do away with borders, visas and all that annoying stuff to avoid traumatizing kids? or alternatively, lets put the kids with the parents in detention so TED can make yet another moronic video explaining how the kids get traumatized in detention?

    No matter what I suspect TED gonna have a speaker telling Westerners how bad they are for not wanting massive immigration into the countries they were born in.

    Reply
  • akes nov

    November 12, 2019

    啊是说

    Reply
  • unseen haze

    November 12, 2019

    Why is this trash on Ted again?

    Reply
  • The Real Maskriz

    November 12, 2019

    Wow the comments are still up?

    Reply
  • Sheesh

    November 12, 2019

    Asylum seeker , 
    from Guatemala/Honduras/…, 
    choose one

    the only legit asylum seekers are from Cuba and Venezuela but their dogma prohibits them from admitting this

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  • Sheesh

    November 12, 2019

    Shall we compare this to the trauma of the children who are trafficked as slaves?

    Reply
  • Jygutyfrrdse

    November 12, 2019

    Political crap. Ted is dead

    Reply
  • Krunoslav Stifter

    November 12, 2019

    Oh, look. its the radical left using children as human shield for their political ends…. again. In the immortal words of Greta. "How dare you?"

    Reply
  • TW DODD

    November 12, 2019

    i find it funny how this video is branded as 'bad white man – open the border'? why not show this to border immigrants and say "see what happens when YOU BREAK THE LAW" Mexico's immigration laws are categorically more restrictive and yet i'm the bad guy that just wants to make sure everybody has a tax id and their immunizations before they come here.

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  • Sannidor

    November 12, 2019

    USA is too soft. It should never be enough to just give birth to a baby on american soil for creating a new American.
    Not a single child brought illegally should be naturalized just to sweep the issue under the rug of society – that's why the boarder must be strongly protected, otherwise detention centers turn into camps.

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  • Walker Nagy

    November 12, 2019

    Y’all better watch out for Mexican Joker

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  • Nemo Krada

    November 12, 2019

    Stay out of my wallet leftist a$$hole!

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  • Maxima

    November 12, 2019

    So, let's gloss over the fact that letting them across the border will costs millions in benefits and crime…

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  • TheUpwardbound1

    November 12, 2019

    Did the extreme leftist buy Ted talk?? I used really like this platform listening to intelligent people talk about things of the future and amazing things we already have. More and more I see either some feminist agenda or this extreme leftist ideology that cares more about the rights of a man being able to wear a wig and use the women bathrooms or illegal immigrants over American citizens!! Go to any country even theirs and get caught going in illegally and see how that works out for you and your family! Seems like you people care more about illegal immigrants than our own citizens! How about doing a piece on the psychological impact our current court system that is set up for even the most horrible of women to use as an emotional destruction tool against fathers and their kids! The fact that a woman can use the courts not only for financial gain under the guise of child support or alimony which at this point are legalized extortion! They are able to use the courts to destroy relationships with the children and their father! When is that documentary or Ted talk coming??

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  • The Boss

    November 12, 2019

    A wall would prevent people from being able to cross, hence preventing the separation required by law (not by Trump).

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  • John Denaci

    November 12, 2019

    Next can we talk about the psychological effects on teenagers being sent to cross the border by themselves only to send money back to their families back home. That is truly cruel. Can we also talk about the people who use children to appear as a family. Using the same child with different sets of people. There has to be some sort of detterent in order to stop people crossing illegally.

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  • Danial Huls

    November 12, 2019

    Yeah, they should totally have "Take your kid to jail when you get arrested day" too…you know how to stop family separation? Don't cross illegally and apply for asylum or immigration at either a PoE or embassy, and then wait and finish the process, supply the requested document, and appear at your appointments or reply to your mail instead of staying at the facility for expedited process

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  • by Daniel Chiotis

    November 12, 2019

    We need to stop focusing on how much we care about people that are just coming over here and think about our American families that are suffering at the hands of a tyrannical government that favors foreign immigrants because they can use them as a tool.

    This is what I'm talking about:
    This is what's Killing American families:
    https://youtu.be/e7aFXnNDzek

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  • Hawkenwhacker

    November 12, 2019

    So much toxicity in these comments. Welcome to the worst of America.

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  • watercup123456

    November 12, 2019

    Awwwww don't want your kids taken from you when you try to cross a border illegally??? SOLUTION: DON'T CROSS INTO OTHER COUNTRIES ILLEGALLY THEN. Seems simple YET illegal aliens still keep risking it… More proof they don't even care about themselves let alone their own children.

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  • 1misanthropist

    November 12, 2019

    Stop letting them invade the damn country.

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  • Siem Reaper

    November 12, 2019

    Being the first generation born at the end of the era of the Killing Fields I can say that although much of those memories have been suppressed they never go away. They stay with you throughout your life and impact on you exactly how Mr Zayas describes

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  • DjCatani

    November 12, 2019

    It's baffling how many ignorant people are watching TED talks. But I'm glad, now we can have a debate. That's how you resolve issues. Now, the only thing we need to do is listen to the other side while they talk and only afterwards yell out our opinion

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  • J Tronix

    November 12, 2019

    We know already — Mexican Joker

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  • _lprenzo0808_

    November 12, 2019

    capital punishment for crossing the border

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  • Stefan Nagy

    November 12, 2019

    Why isnt this called "The impact of losing your child due to being killed by an illegal immigrant who should have been stopped at the border"

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  • Josh Riles

    November 12, 2019

    Don't care

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  • bean quac

    November 12, 2019

    Look at his eyes they are too close together he has some physical mental issue or both.

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  • Gabriel Wang

    November 12, 2019

    Some jokers always want to others know the child separation at the U.S.-Mexico border and show their mercy that makes themselves feel proud. But what for U.S.? What can government and citizens in the U.S. get? TED now becomes different than before. "If you opinions are AGAINST the U.S., you can show them in the TED."

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  • Jane Doe

    November 12, 2019

    But they take advantage of the situation. Mass producing kidds they cant afford. Taking owr resources . i don't think thats fare.

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  • Jane Doe

    November 12, 2019

    What about every one here that needs fucking help as is.

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  • writerconsidered

    November 12, 2019

    This comment section tells me the future of our country, we are doomed. Man's inhumanity to Man in full display. Don't scroll down if you have a heart.

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  • Capn Sebastian

    November 12, 2019

    the right wing commentators are the most worthless people we allow to live in America

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  • Manchitas

    November 12, 2019

    Give this talk in Spanish. It is the lawbreaking parents who put children in that situation

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  • Mac Ton

    November 12, 2019

    No, we are not causing any trauma. It's the parents that decide to put their children at risk that are traumatizing their children.

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  • Eric Sherman

    November 12, 2019

    I never subscribed to your channel

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  • swampyalienz

    November 12, 2019

    trump/the us government got ya'll hypnotized for real… in denial of it even happening… this is craaazy

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  • swampyalienz

    November 12, 2019

    i havent even heard of the mexican joker, you all sound baffling to me…

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  • Carmen Rodriguez

    November 12, 2019

    They should stay in their nations – is an invasion- Come on TED 🛑 stop the propaganda and expose illegals corruption

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  • Lara Smith

    November 12, 2019

    🦋our system is so wrong. People have forgotten to love one another

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  • nl hn

    November 12, 2019

    Would it surprise you, viewers, that Donald Trump has tried to get those solutions in place but every time he tries to improve the people in those camps' quality of life, the democrats have struck them down and voted against him? Would it also surprise you that Obama had it in his policy to erect a wall on the border, and to cage and/or separate children? the president has tried to fix these issues but the democrats won't let him, and then attack him on not fixing these issues, which is hypocritical since the democrats made the problem.

    Would it also surprise you that to take the illegal immigrants in would in most cases be illegal according to UN law, which states the refugees cannot be fleeing hardship cannot be accepted in a country that is not on the border of said country?

    Also, Donald Trump and Obama both wanted immigrants to go through the legal process instead of just entering the country. This is important for many reasons, and the camps were and are used and created for illegal immigrants(otherwise called illegal aliens-aliens meaning unidentified) to go through this legal process. For people that say scrap the legal process, what about the bad guys trying to get into America, of which the majority of school shootings and shootings, in general, are caused by(usually through illegal gun sale) and the hate groups and criminals who enter through the border that cause damage, or the feelings of those immigrants who waited years to go through the process legally(the message you would send to someone who did something legally and then allowed people to just walk in with no regard to the laws put in place).

    Bless this great man, Luis Zayas, and may all of you have wisdom and research better.

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  • Joshua Beard

    November 12, 2019

    The only physiologic effects they have are from other illegals.

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  • Cameron Walker

    November 12, 2019

    How about child separation when a bank-robber goes to jail? Or murderer or rapist? Or car thief? etc, etc.

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  • guloguloguy

    November 12, 2019

    IMHO: ….".KEEP ALL FAMILIES TOGETHER!!!! AND DEPORT THEM, TOGETHER!!! ASAP!!! CHIP/TAG/TATTOO EACH ONE, SO THAT WE CAN IDENTIFY REPEAT OFFENDERS, FOR FUTURE PUNISHMENT, IF NECESSARY!!!! "LIFETIME RESTRICTION" FROM EVER BECOMING A "CITIZEN" FOR ALL "ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!, AND THOSE WHO OVERSTAY THEIR "STUDENT VISA"!!!!! = GET OUT, AND STAY OUT!!!

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  • jsamc

    November 12, 2019

    What about the psychological impact of dragging your children hundreds of miles in a caravan ? Also why is the USA the only sanctuary ? They are not fleeing violence they are fleeing poverty. The USA has remained  complacent because they need workers to reinforce the bottom of the economic pyramid.

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  • jsamc

    November 12, 2019

    The USA has a endless supply of cheap exploitable labor from Latin America. The American government is making fools of you all. Evidently America loves illegals otherwise they would have solved the problem decades ago. DON"T BE DECEIVED !!

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  • Ted Phillips

    November 12, 2019

    The children are separated from their "parents" as a matter of law enacted by the OBAMA administration. Democrats will not work with our President to change the situation as they, in concert with a corrupt media, want you to think President Trump is to blame. The hijackers of our Democrat party prove how evil they are by using these children as pawns for their political sociopathy.

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  • DubQWST

    November 12, 2019

    This was all going on under the Obama administration too, yet not one peep from Liberal media.

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  • Gabriel Villa

    November 12, 2019

    I believe that the majority of people coming here is because they just want to live in the greatest and freest country in the world, not because they are being shot at at home. Should we also do away with the immigration checkpoint in every international airport? That would only be fair.

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  • Openminded Guy

    November 12, 2019

    Oh please, when Obama was in office I never seen one god dam “Ted talk” about it…🙄

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  • Byron Foster

    November 12, 2019

    I’ve read all the comments, there is definitely disagreement between each side, I propose we (the USA) take a positive approach to solve this problem between us. What if instead of a detention center, we had a learning center where asylum seekers could learn our laws and the penalties. For those still wanting to relocate here there could be employment opportunities, as well as housing they would hav to pay for. In this way they would become Americans by choice, and earn their way into the American dream. There are many details, but this is a positive step to gain citizens who would be valued members of US society.

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  • KnightsWithoutATable

    November 12, 2019

    It's strange, you treat adults and children like crap and they go crazy. You treat them like human beings and they thrive.

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  • TJ P

    November 13, 2019

    Solution: Don't risk crossing the border on bogus asylum claims dragging your children.

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  • Upgrade

    November 13, 2019

    How are they separated? They can both go back together if they want.

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  • Tom Acres

    November 13, 2019

    *Commie talks

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  • Brian Brau

    November 13, 2019

    Everyday in the US parents commit crimes and are then separated from their children. If a person tries to enter the US without permission, that is a crime. So what's the difference?

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  • Marlon Quiroz

    November 13, 2019

    The birth of the Mexican Joker.

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  • Paul Cronin

    November 13, 2019

    Why doesn’t this guy address the fact that the alphabet agencies from America have been exploiting South American for years to control their resources, and that’s why there is this problem

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  • Jennifer Martinez

    November 13, 2019

    I’ve spoken to multiple people with different ideas on why it’s ok to put these people in detention centers and they all are either ignorant, have absolutely no idea what’s actually going on, or some of them were very privileged and are only able to see one side of the situation. I agree that there are rules and regulations and that we should follow some of them but when it comes to an ethical point of view, most of these people are running away from life or death problems, something people who were born in the U.S never have to face. We’re privileged enough to live in a country where we can feel safe and have a system that we can trust to a certain extent. This is where we should respond with opened arms and set up a better system to help these people in need. We’ve just gone the wrong way about this and the fact that GROWN people can’t see it, is sickening and sad. I’m glad this man is speaking out on this.

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  • donotlike 4 anonymus

    November 13, 2019

    oh well what a shame there's no solution to that… Oh right not trying to cross the border illegally!… wtf is wrong with people… And sure it's a shame what's happening but the responsibility is ultimately on the parents and… Not the us… The us has every right to protect it's borders laws and sovernty…

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  • Bill Peng

    November 14, 2019

    Why US need to offer resources like, free education and medication, to people who don't belong to the country? Chinese all have a consensus for rejecting accepting refugees, because of its limmitted resource for 1.4 billion people.

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  • Craig Watson

    November 15, 2019

    Military families are separated from their families throughout an entire 18 to 20 year career, many miss all the major milestones of a child's life. Support should be equal too.

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  • Tony V

    November 16, 2019

    If the Democrats cared about Americans as much as they do illegal immigrants, this country would be almost perfect.

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  • martin jefferies

    November 16, 2019

    They become Mexican Joker!!

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