I recently got into a debate with someone who claimed that if you’re caught drunk driving, your kids can be taken away– so why shouldn’t it be any different for someone entering the country illegally?
First point, ask any social worker– the state does not want to take away anyone’s kids if at all avoidable. Furthermore, they will work to find next of kin if deemed absolutely necessary. It is a costly cluster fuck to take away the child of a drunk driver, and honestly, not very likely if you are white and middle class and above.
Second (and probably most important) point: it’s not just a matter of being caught drunk driving, you have to be convicted of drunk driving (ie due process).
Immigrants at the border are being detained and separated without due process.
You may say “but they are entering illegally.” Well, how do you know that if there is no due process of law? Now you are guilty before proven innocent. This is against the law and sorta kinda a cornerstone of democracy…