Even mainstream Democrats have moved to the extreme Left on immigration policy in recent years. They have demonstrated an unwillingness to enforce existing immigration laws or cooperate with Republicans to draft comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Republicans demand that the laws Congress passed either be enforced as written or reformed by the legislature. To be responsible citizens of a sovereign nation, Democrat representatives either need to work with Republicans to change the laws or provide the necessary resources required to build appropriate holding facilities and enforce the laws in the most humane way possible. They simply cannot have it both ways.
This is not only my opinion but the informed judgment of a former member of the Obama administration:
“Former President Barack Obama’s top immigration chief in charge of removing illegal immigrants said that the ‘cages’ Democrats have accused President Trump of housing children in were… ‘built under President Obama under (Homeland Security) Secretary Jeh Johnson…,’ said Thomas Homan, who was Obama’s executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for nearly four years…
‘If you want to call them cages, call them cages. But if the left wants to call them cages and the Democrats want to call them cages then they have to accept the fact that they were built and funded in FY 2015.’
He said that the Border Patrol facilities where all illegals are initially kept ‘were not built to take care of children.’ In fact, the recent surge of younger illegal immigrants is a new trend.
He said that there are no cages but chain-link fencing that separates kids from adults, done for safety. ‘… It’s about protecting children,’ he said.
What’s more, he said that it is only a holding facility until another agency that is part of Health and Human Services can collect them. But, he said, Congress hasn’t adequately funded HHS.
And he said that the humanitarian aid bill working through Congress would help, but he said the House version amounts to ‘extortion’ because it cuts funding for enforcement.”
The Trump administration has unsuccessfully challenged immigration policies that prevent families from being kept together while their cases are being processed in an inadequately funded system:
“the administration seeks to replace the Flores settlement, a decades-old agreement that dictates how long the government can hold migrant children, and under what conditions.
The administration wants to detain migrant families together for as long as their immigration cases are pending. The proposed regulations will satisfy the "basic purpose" of Flores, the administration argues, by making sure that children are treated with "dignity, respect, and special concern for their particular vulnerability as minors…
Today, legal loopholes significantly hinder the Department's ability to appropriately detain and promptly remove family units that have no legal basis to remain in the country," said Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in a statement…
The Justice Department had asked the federal court for permission "to detain alien families together throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings for improper entry or any removal or other immigration proceedings."