President Trump’s apparent change of heart over children being separated from their parents at our southern border is a good thing.
The president could not claim “fake news” as reporters documented crying immigrant children and shared the numbers — more than 2,300 children in six weeks.
Earlier, while other Republicans were still quiet on the “zero tolerance” policy at the border, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said (tweeted) plainly, ”The administration’s current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded. The administration has the power to rescind this policy. It should do so now.”
More recently, the Republican senators from Kansas have also spoken out.
“I am against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration,” Sen. Pat Roberts said.
“Our country must make the well-being of these children a priority,” said Sen. Jerry Moran. “We can find appropriate ways to secure our borders and deter illegal immigration in a moral way that honors our values as Americans.”
Even the first lady, Melania Trump, and the president’s daughter Ivanka urged him to stop the policy of separating children from their parents at the border, and on Wednesday President Trump signed an executive order to keep the migrant families in detention together.
Americans find themselves tuning out or forgiving a lot of deplorable comments and actions by elected officials. In a recent column, Michael Reagan wrote, “there’s no connection between a president’s good or bad private morals and his ability to be a good or bad president.”
But morals and decency DO matter, because they lead to decisions and actions. In the case of keeping families together, Americans have cried out for our lawmakers to do the decent thing.