(Warning: This article couches this topic in terms of left and right. Why? Because that #$@% is real... not some derived device invented to divide people. Rather left/right is a description (an accurate one even) of a divide that already exists. So, this is fair warning that if such left/right observations really get you panties in a wad... please read no further. Thank you.)
Every year, tens of thousands of children are "separated" from their parents here in the United States. The reasons vary from neglect to incarceration. For the record, when parents/guardians are negligent or about to be incarcerated... I support "separation". We don't leave children is abusive environments and we don't incarcerate them with their parents. Also for the record, if this policy is good enough for the children of citizens of this great nation, it's also good enough for the children of those who come here illegally/criminally.
Recently the left (yes, the LEFT) discovered that separating children from illegal immigrant parents was occurring and decided this was perfect political fodder. The organized and predictable hissy fit from the left ensued. A lot of propaganda and misinformation also ensued from the main stream media. (big surprise)
First, let's look at what really brought this to the attention of the left, and their motives for hyping it.
1) The law has been for decades that when you enter the country illegally, you are detained (as in arrested and incarcerated). That is THE law. If one does not like THE law, the remedy is to change it. Seeking "asylum" after breaking the law does not mitigate this (see below).
2) For the most part, the previous administration ignored THE law; and simply let those who entered the country illegally go into the general population. They did this with the general objective of diluting the culture and current political ideology of the nation... one might call this "fundamentally transforming" the country. Granted there were times when some illegals were detained and when that happened they were (correctly) separated from any children with them.
3) The current administration, decided that it would enforce THE law and would begin incarcerating all who entered the nation illegally. And by law, since we don't incarcerate children, the government separated children from parents about to be incarcerated.
The Real Motivation:
The left wants to go back to a blanket policy of releasing illegal immigrants into the general population and have latched onto this issue as the best means to achieve that goal. And... they are likely right. But at the same time, this is one of those “be careful what you wish for” scenarios; the reality behind the appearance may bite them on the ass if voters see what is really going on here.
I will add that the left has also created within the system catch-22 scenarios, mostly through judicial fiat, to make every solution illegal except one, catch and release.
Misdirection - Asylum:
As part of the misdirection fed us by the left and the main stream media (redundant, I know); it is implied that all these people are doing is seeking asylum. I'm not sure as to the number/percentage who seek asylum, but (legally) it doesn't matter. There are legal means to seek asylum and when you don't follow the legal remedy, your actions are criminal (illegal) and there are consequences (when those who administer the law actually choose to administer the law).
"To apply for asylum in the United States, you may ask for asylum at a port-of-entry (airport, seaport, or border crossing), or, if you are already in the United States, you may file Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, at the appropriate Service Center." -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
The proper way to apply for asylum is to do so at a "port-of-entry" OR file at an "appropriate Service Center" if you are already in the United States.
I can already hear the rusty leftist gears grinding away after that last sentence... so let me quickly add, already "in the United States" assumes you are legally in the United States. Applying for asylum does not nullify your breaking the law to get here. It does not wipe the slate clean of the consequences of breaking the law.
In fact. Illegal aliens caught could choose to be deported and thus stay with their children and then go through the legal process of applying at a port-of-entry; what they should have done in the first place. Practically none, choose to do that, they choose instead to be separated from their children.
Misdirection - Concentration Camps:
As part of the misdirection fed us by the left and the main stream media (redundant again, I know); it is implied that the children are in cages and that the conditions are horrible. The word concentration (for emotional and propaganda effect) has been used.
Most (if not all) of these assertions have been discredited, yet... the accusations continue to pour forth like a geyser from a tapped fire hydrant. Why? The intent is purely political. Harm the other side; and force them to simply start releasing any and all illegal immigrants with children.
Now... there may be things that need to change concerning where and how these children are held. If any abuse or unsatisfactory conditions are found, that needs to be addressed. What I'm not willing to accept is simply return to a policy of catch and release (which again, is the goal of the left).
One solution may be a system where the children are reunited with their parents and held/processed at a facility designed for families. (I expect a leftist judge to eventually nullify this.) Another may be electronic monitoring. Personally, I'm open to any solutions that expedite processing and/or ensure those who entered illegally don't just melt into society never to be properly vetted and processed.
With that in mind, I will point out that it is also the left that has gummed up the system to ensure that the process doesn't work, then demands that illegals be released when the gummed-up system doesn't work fast enough. Again... pointing directly to their original intent in the first place... a return to catch and release.
What this is really all about is... do we hold accountable (by rule of law) those who cross our borders illegally. The left says no, the right says yes. The left has politically chosen children as the means to force their view on the subject. And, to their credit, this recent political campaign has been very effective in the short term. As for the long term? We'll see. Being fed up with the status quo got Trump elected... this is status quo in spades.
The Trump administration has decided the optics of this makes it in their best interest to try and hold the families together in different facilities while they are being sorted out for "asylum" claims. I predict this will not be an acceptable solution for the left, because it does not meet their original goal (which was not bringing children and parents together) ... but rather a return to the policy to simply releasing the illegals into the general population with no hope of ever holding them accountable. Nothing short of this result will pacify the left. (Just watch the forthcoming comments on this post for evidence).
Note that the left has reached a point where they are actually advocating the abolishment of ICE. More proof that the goal is as much unfettered illegal immigration into this nation as possible. Open borders being the ultimate goal. How one reaches such a low in rational thought is beyond comprehension.