A few years ago, a friend faced with a family dilemma that involved competing loyalties, asked my advice. Obviously, I was not going to make her choices for her, but I offered a basic rule for testing the morality of potential action or inaction: Will this (my actions) result in harm to little children? A simple enough moral test that my friend found useful in resolving her conflict.

The Trump administration has taken the opposite tack in its conflict with Democrats over immigration. Trump has directed that Central American migrant families who present themselves to US customs requesting asylum are