This post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds
In the latest manufactured crisis by the Left, we are inundated by the media with denunciations of President Trump's evil "policy of separation of families".
The Catholic Church's clergy also jumped into the fray, ignoring the Left's sacrosanct "separation of church and state" dictum.
As an example, the morbidly obese Bishop Patrick McGrath of San Jose, CA, calls the separation of detained minor children from their illegal-alien parents "un-American, un-Christian and inhumane," "mean-spirited and betrays our nation's tradition of welcome to migrants and refugees."
What the media lackeys and politicized clergy won't tell you is this:
There is no Trump "policy" of separating families.
What the Trump administration is doing is actually enforcing U.S. immigration laws, passed by Congress, which the Obama administration had refused to enforce. By law, people caught illegally crossing our borders must be incarcerated. Some of those illegal border crossers are adults with children. When the adults are incarcerated, our government must house, feed, clothe and take care of their children — at a cost to taxpayers of more than $1 billion a year. The alternative is to jail the children with the adults.
In reality, the vast majority of illegal-entry children in detention came across the border by themselves.
As Attorney General Jeff Sessions explains in an op-ed in USA Today on June 19, 2018:
Some years ago, it was decided that law enforcement might arrest adults who crossed the border illegally by themselves, but anyone who brought a child with them would not be prosecuted, a form of immunity.
Word got out about this loophole with predictable results. The number of aliens illegally crossing with children between our ports of entry went from 14,000 to 75,000 — a fivefold increase — in just the past four years.
These trends undermine the integrity of our system. That's why the policy that is causing them must end, too.