The Trump’s administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ practice of separating illegal immigrant children from their families warrants profound condemnation, asserts Julia Belluz of Vox. Particularly bad is separating mothers from babies that are still nursing, a WHO report proclaims their deep hormonal bond means they should be kept together at all times. US immigration doesn’t allow this to happen, having separated 700 children from their parents since October 2017, 100 of which were under four years old. It would be more ethical to keep families together as they wait for courts’ decisions. The current practice is needlessly amoral and damaging.
Recent outrage over the treatment of illegal immigrants is slanted along partisan lines and ignorant of historic American law enforcement practices, holds Arthur Schaper of Townhall. Parents that break the law are routinely separated from their children. While this is far from ideal, it is how justice is enforced. Illegal immigrants violate America’s laws by default, the same consequences apply to local citizens who break the law: they can even lose custody of their kids. Many of the children that the government cares for are in good conditions. The US has the right to secure its borders and treat illegal immigrants just like it does US-born criminals.