150+ Hopkins Children's Center employees: U.S. separation policy is 'child abuse'
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - More than 150 employees at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center signed a statement about the separation of children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it "government-sanctioned child abuse."
Margaret Moon, the hospital's chief medical center, emailed the statement Tuesday, noting the child health professionals were "speaking as individuals and not necessarily as the institution."
The statement reads:
"As pediatricians and child health professionals in the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, we condemn child abuse in any form. We stand with Dr. Colleen Kraft, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who stated that the current administration’s 'zero-tolerance' policy of separating young children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border is a form of 'government-sanctioned child abuse.' The abuse of innocent and powerless children as a policy tool is unjustifiable. As experts in the care of children, as professionals who support families in crisis, and as parents ourselves, we insist that this policy must end immediately, and that children be reunited with their parents without delay."
Outrage and controversy has been growing in regards to the policy, both locally and nationwide.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said this morning he will not deploy any Maryland National Guard personnel to the border until the policy is rescinded.