The world is full of needy people. We cannot be a lifeboat for them. We can toss them a lifesaver float to help them but if they try to get in the boat, they'll swamp us. Blaming the victim? No, but if someone crosses a dark busy street in the middle of the block and gets hit by a car in doing so, who is to blame, the individual who didn't cross at the corner and ignored its traffic signal or the driver?
If I recall correctly, children were only separated if the parents came across illegally, not if they came through a port of entry. The migrants were incarcerated as criminals at least until processed. Many children were found to have no relationship to the adult they were with. How do you confine people in an area that is basically remote desert until you either deport them or find a place for them? They are fed, washed, given medical care if needed. The biggest problem I had with the situation was the tracking means when it came to reuniting legitimate parents especially with the smaller children who could not speak for themselves. My understanding is that many of the separated children were never claimed. It might be assumed that the adults they were with were using them and in that case, they are probably a lot better off.
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