"Family separation" is the latest anvil that the Trump-hating left drops on Donald J. Trump’s head, day after day.
President Trump, the charge goes, has found a new hobby — ripping little boys and girls away from their illegal-alien parents, just for the joy of being cruel to other human beings.
"I’m extremely concerned about the administration’s repeated attacks on some of the most vulnerable communities, and in particular, children and pregnant women as it relates to the world of DHS," Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said on May 15.
"Separating children from their parents contradicts everything we stand for as pediatricians," American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) president Colleen Kraft, M.D., said in an official AAP statement. "In fact, highly stressful experiences, like family separation, can cause irreparable harm, disrupting a child’s brain architecture and affecting his or her short- and long-term health."
Even the U.N. joined the Trump-bashing.
"The U.S. should immediately halt this practice," U.N. spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told journalists Tuesday in Geneva. "The practice of separating families amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child."
The left, at last, has given President Trump more credit than he deserves. He did not invent family separation. This concept is as old as law enforcement itself. Since at least the Roman Empire, each and every time a magistrate has thrown a criminal behind bars, he has separated him from his family — be it his children, siblings, parents, or all of the above.
This is as true now as it was under Nero.
"Children and parents get separated every day across this country when a parent is charged with a criminal offense," Thomas Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told journalists Tuesday at the National Press Club. "It’s sad to see children cry when you take a parent out of a home, but because it’s sad, doesn’t mean that we ignore the law."
And the Trump administration does not ignore the law.
"My decision has been that anyone who breaks the law will be prosecuted," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified May 15 on Capitol Hill. "If you’re a parent or you’re a single person or you happen to have a family, if you cross between the ports of entry, we will refer you for prosecution. You’ve broken U.S. law."
Despite their rhetoric to the contrary, Democrats have been busy tearing families apart.
"Democrat policies lead to the temporary separation of illegal-alien families, because they refuse to close border loopholes that prevent those families from being swiftly returned home," said Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley. "Democrat policies also result in the permanent separation of American families — who have to bury loved ones because of the criminals whom Democrat policies allow in to this country."
A 15-year-old girl in Houston, known as Genesis, no longer will see her parents. Her alleged killers are illegal-alien members of MS-13. Hundreds of their deadly gang brethren have broken into this country, largely thanks to Democrats’ insistence on keeping America’s southern frontier as secure as a screen door flapping in the breeze.
When my grandparents came to the U.S. from Costa Rica in the mid-1960s — to join yours truly, my parents, and my uncle — they had no desire to separate themselves from their two minor children. So, my grandparents did something no longer mentioned in polite company: They went to the U.S. Embassy and completed immigration applications.
Once their visas were in their passports, my Aguelo and Aguela (as we called them) and their youngest son and daughter flew into Los Angeles and began their new lives in America. No human trafficking, no drug mules, no Gila monsters, no fence jumping, and — most important — no family separation.
So, here’s an important safety tip — If you don’t want to be separated from your children, don’t drag them across the U.S.-Mexican border.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online. He has been a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. Read more opinions from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.
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