Recently, the U.S. vice president, when confronted with reports that the government is not caring for children in our detention centers, even depriving them of toothpaste, soap, showers and blankets while they sleep on a concrete floor, claimed empathy but asserted Congress must first reach a deal on funding to solve it.

Of course that’s not true. Obviously, there are funds to care for children.

The president could pick up the phone any time he wants and demand his subordinates treat children humanely.

That the president would mistreat children in a political game and that we would tolerate it are repugnant to our values and traditions.


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