Looking at the current SNAFU at the border is painful. Tens of thousands of kids coming in. Reports from south of the border of kids abused physically and sexually and held for ransom by the very people paid a lifetime's savings to smuggle them across. Complicit governments and cops, who probably take a handy chunk of change from the coyotes.
It's a problem.
It is easy enough to say "close the border, already!" It is doable, both technically and financially. All that is needed is the will to do so. And then what?
Can you, personally, sit there by the hypothetical border fence and watch young children suffer and starve? If you can, don't comment, I got no interest in knowing you. I'll lay money that every last person who reads this would take the time out to help any kid in need, be it by calming them down while the mall security finds their parents, feeding them, taking them to a shelter or even taking them in. People are pretty awesome even at their worst, and protecting kids is hard wired into even the grumpiest old bastard.
The Left knows this well. "Think of the children" was the go to phrase before "Racist" got it's shoes on and came out running. How many times have you heard that in the last 40 years? A million times or so? A mild exaggeration to be sure, but one that feels like the truth. Which is what makes this current invasion so dangerous. Americans can easily seem rude, loud, obnoxious, and insular. You know that, there have been enough jokes about it. Yet they are also - usually - kind hearted, expansive, charitable, and, for want of a better word, loving.
What are these kids owed? Pragmatically, nothing. Got enough neglected and suffering kids in the country already, without importing more. Yet most of them are tough as hell, willing to take risks that would make the average Millennial need to change their underwear twice, and possibly, though not definitely, an asset to the nation as a whole.
So where do you draw the line?