Separation of Families Considered Harmful?


Here’s a photo showing two girls in a “cage” watching a World Cup match, amongst dozens of other kids who are for some reason wrapped in foil.

Kids in holding facility

I’ve seen this photo and others widely circulated online recently as evidence of the Trumpenfuhrer’s crimes against humanity.

But guess what? The photos were taken in 2014, when some other guy was president.

Many people have a single standard for evaluating political activity: Is it being carried out by Team Red or Team Blue. Nothing is good or bad on its own merits.

I don’t remember anyone on Team Blue being outraged about kids in “cages” in 2014, but in 2018 it’s a humanitarian crisis that has to be denounced mercilessly, even if the evidence has to be faked.

I haven’t heard anyone propose a viable alternative to separating parents and children at the border. I’m not sure Team Blue wants to find a viable alternative since it’s such a great election-year issue.

Is the outrage real or manufactured?

What is the number one priority for American parents? More daycare! Forced separation! For parents who can’t afford daycare, the government makes other people pay for it. That’s how essential it is. It’s a national priority for parents to be able to put their kids in holding facilities.

For parents who don’t want to be with their kids even on nights and weekend, boarding schools are available for 24/7 separation.

When school lets out — summer camps! Or more daycare!

I never hear kids say that they want to spend more time with their parents. I’ve heard parents say they want to spend more time with their kids, but they don’t rearrange their lives in any way to make that happen.

Saying that you want something implies that you’re willing to change to get it. Otherwise, you really don’t want the thing.

The average daycare worker makes $11.42 per hour, less than, for example, baggage porters and bellhops ($12.55/hr), who perform a similar service, i.e., taking custody of possessions that you don’t want to be bothered with.

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