America’s handling of illegal immigrants and their children has been inhumane and managed extremely poorly, asserts Will Bunch of The Philadelphia Inquirer. These issues long precede Trump, they were born with the creation of ICE in the wake of 9/11. It recently turned out of that the government could no longer find 1,475 of 7,500 migrant children it had given to sponsors. Some children in similar situations ended up being starved, forced to work and even sexually abused. Families have been forcefully separated without the ability to reunite. The US should do more to ensure the humane treatment of children and people fleeing violence.
While the current situation at the US border isn’t ideal, border patrol agents are doing their best to treat illegal immigrants with dignity, while still protecting our country, argues Rich Lowry of National Review. The recent debate about the way children are processed stems from the fact that they are often brought along to receive better treatment. Kids are mainly separated from them because some adults lie about their relationship to them. In other cases, Border Patrol didn't have the facilities to care for them and had to send them to HHS. In the vast majority of cases they are treated well. Illegal immigrants shouldn't bring children in the first place.