When Central American migrants showed up at the Southern border with young children, the Trump Administration drew fire from critics by separating the children from the adults. Trump’s opponents wasted no time painting him as heartless. It was an effective political strategy, but was it really true that President Trump was being deliberately cruel? This article from the Washington Post in 2016 explains how thousands of children were actually being smuggled into the United States by human traffickers. Some of the children were abandoned to die in the desert. Others were were sold into sex slavery to pedophiles. Still others were placed into forced labor. This article outlines the living conditions some experienced on an egg farm in Ohio.
In truth, President Trump was acting to protect the children by separating them from the adults who accompanied them. It was a painful and heart wrenching episode, but it prevented thousands more children being trafficked into the United States for illicit purposes.