Immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission are not eligible for most public benefits. However, if their children are born in the U.S., the children are eligible for benefits like Medicaid and food assistance programs that could help them stay healthy

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In a letter to the Baltimore Sun, a group of geneticists, genetic counselors, and ethicists, including our Debra Mathews, supports efforts to reunite immigrant families as quickly as possible, while raising serious concerns about the use of DNA testing as a means of achieving this goal

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Oscar Benevidez, MD writes ‘As a pediatrician, I’m aware of the overwhelming evidence that prolonged, highly stressful experiences during childhood, such as forcible family separation, causes long-lasting injury to the developing brain and harms health.’

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The public and the media have long had an insatiable hunger for heartwarming medical success stories that involve separating conjoined twins to correct one of Mother Nature’s most devastating mistakes. In these tales, modern medicine swoops in to correct things, sending both children off to lead happy, independent lives

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