For once, President Trump’s fickleness is a blessing. Putting families desperately fleeing violence and/or poverty behind bars together is preferable to ripping babies from their mother’s breast, much as waterboarding is better than burning people at the stake, though it is still morally repugnant and — while it is a policy that precedes this president — it is one that contradicts our most cherished American values.
Of course, neither Trump nor his cabinet are the ones getting their hands dirty. It is the lower-level employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who are executing this dirty policy. It is those agents who have the most immediate choices to make.