Shortly after Neftaly’s birth, dad had left Mexico for the U.S. He was a man who loved his family more with hugs and gifts than planning and discipline, which had put him in a desperate fix. He was lonely and miserable in Texas. So, he sent his wife a lot of letters … and bought his new girlfriend a lot of flowers. On returning to Mexico, he immediately gave his wife a new car and an HIV infection. Like most Latinos, he believed that heading north without papers or family was a far more realistic option than getting papers and taking your family. If word on the street were otherwise, Neftaly might’ve had a far-from-perfect but far-less-tragic childhood.
Worker migration and competition is good for global economic progress. (This rising tide eventually lifts most boats, but some workers have to retrain and/or relocate. The right to stay put in your hometown and local factory is neither constitutional nor god-given.) Illegal migration is devastating to the children left behind. However, neither Obama nor Trump has any passion for legal migration. They care about brown and rust-belt voters, not foreign children. Trump's anti-immigration bias and Obama's illegal-immigration preference are equally wrong-headed and probably wrong-hearted. Neither position is "racist" or "compassionate". Both positions are mostly political calculations designed to keep a party in power, not to build a better world. Obama was more dignified than Trump. Trump is far more proactive than Obama. Still, neither is the savior or the devil. Neither focuses much on the truly innocent victims of immigration policy.
Children are the priceless diamonds heaven scatters upon the earth to remind fallen people what they once were and should aspire to be again. While Americans bicker about legally culpable adults deserving amnesty or deportation, few are advocating the best solution to prevent the multitudes of children like Neftaly being separated from their parents in the first place by both securing the border and streamlining legal immigration for workers. That would be something an informed caring person could truly call compassion.