Editorial: Separating children from families proves America’s moral compass askew

In an era of political divisiveness as wide as the Grand Canyon, there is one point on which many Democrats and Republicans alike agree. The current practice of separating children from their families to enforce U.S. immigration policies is morally wrong.

Over the past eight months, an average of 45 children every day are separated from parents who have been detained for attempting to enter the United States illegally. Almost 2,000 alone have been orphaned during the past six weeks.

Democrats blame President Trump. Trump claims Democrats can step up and work with the GOP if they want the law changed.

But both liberals and conservatives alike are squeamish when it comes to seeing crying children held in cages. In an opinion commentary in Sunday’s Washington Post, former First Lady Laura Bush pointedly asked, “Can we not, as a nation, find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis?” Closer to home, Arizona State Senator Bob Worsley announced he would not seek re-election because he has had it with GOP extremism. Worsley, a Republican, said, “Like separating kids on the border. We’ve got to wake up to what this extremism is doing to the tone and tenor of our politics.’’

Defenders of the practice say it comes with the territory for those who try and enter the United States illegally. Technically, they are right. It is against the law to enter the United States illegally. Those caught are supposed to be criminally prosecuted. When they are a parent, with children, trying to enter the United States illegally, having their children taken from them is a natural consequence.

But just because something is legal doesn’t make it right.

Consider this: Slavery used to be legal in the United States. A natural consequence of slave auctions was splitting up families. Children were removed from their parents. Wives and mothers were separated from their husbands and children. It was legal. It definitely wasn’t right.

Today, we’re still separating children from their parents and defending the practice under the banner of law. Our moral compass hasn’t shifted much in the past 150 years.

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tbabbitt 3 months ago

This commentary comes from people who wont accept taxes from 18 year old cigarette smokers but will increase the taxes on baby food. This commentary comes from MATFORCE who say, "The men of Arizona don't deserve the same medical benefits as women." This commentary comes from the 'give doctors felonies' crowd who has a lot of compassion for anyone other than the people who live here.

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Pfalbo 3 months ago

Ironic, eh?

The repubs control the presidency, the house, the senate, the not-so-supreme court; 33 state governorships, 32 state congresses and 66 of the nation’s 98 statehouse chambers.

The Washington Post reports, "... roughly 80 percent of the population (is) living in a state either all or partially controlled by Republicans." (

Fascinating, in spite of the political reality, listening to repubs bitch, liberals are the cause of every US problem.

As fabricated by the US' State run Fox News propaganda machine, repubs are the party of "Christian, Family Values, All Life is Sacred, Moral Majority-- the "REAL Americans."

Look where those fine folks are misleading this country.

This is what happens with minority rule.

This is what happens when a president serves only the 37% of his like-minded, deluded, self-centered, bigoted base.

This proves the word, "Deplorable," used to describe trump's sycophantic followers, gives these hypocrites way too much credit.

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nutso_fasst 2 months, 4 weeks ago

From the Democratic Party platform, 1996:

"Today's Democratic Party also believes we must remain a nation of laws. We cannot tolerate illegal immigration and we must stop it. For years before Bill Clinton became President, Washington talked tough but failed to act. In 1992, our borders might as well not have existed. The border was under-patrolled, and what patrols there were, were under-equipped. Drugs flowed freely. Illegal immigration was rampant. Criminal immigrants, deported after committing crimes in America, returned the very next day to commit crimes again."

Now, however, criminal immigrants, deported after committing crimes in America, can return to Democrat enclaves called "sanctuary cities," where they need not fear federal prosecutions or mandatory travel arrangements.

Ironic, isn't it?

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FramkC 2 months, 4 weeks ago

The U.S. government has had years to make good changes to immigration laws and failed to do so. Is the government to blame, the elect or the people. Illegal immigration is like sanctuary cities they are committing a crime. The trouble with a crime is children get sometimes get mixed up in the crime. Adults know if they get jailed the child will get taken away as with any crime immigration or immigration. Adults playing on the heart strings of adults is just wrong. I do not respect these people who do this do the right thing and sit at the border do it right. In short don't start off as a thief who has to hide show your children you did it right and can walk down the street with your head high.

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The_Uppity_Peasant 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Agreed, but keep in mind that many of your fellow Americans have had their children ripped away from them by their own government. The fact that 70% of you care more about illegals and their children than you do about us (your fellow citizens) is not lost on me. So they get the benefit of the doubt, and we deserve to have our children ripped away? I consider this treasonous behaviour....

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