Lawyers: Separated immigrant kids have PTSD, need permanent relief

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Lawyers say two immigrant children once separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and need to find permanent relief in the country.

The identities of the children and their families are still being protected. Lawyers are only identifying the 9-year-old boy from Honduras as "JSR" and the 14-year-old girl from El Salvador as "VFB."

Gov. Dannel Malloy held a news conference Tuesday at Yale Law School and credited the college with making their reunion a reality.

In two landmark cases, the two kids filed an injunction with the federal government to be reunited with their families ahead of the administration's July 26 deadline. A judge ruled Friday that the children's separations were unconstitutional and that they were brought back together with their families Monday in Connecticut.

A Yale professor condemned the way children are being treated by immigration enforcement.

"Kids belong with their parents," said Muneer Ahmad. "People fleeing persecution deserve protection. Children should not be held in cages."

Attorneys say the children have been staying at a group home near Groton. The families are applying for asylum and will still have to attend hearings for crossing the border illegally.

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