The difference here is that EVERY border crosser is being criminally prosecuted. INCLUDING asylum seekers. This is new. It started in April. First time offenders are being prosecuted and deported instead of just sent away. Assuming positive intent, at best it was a 'that'll show 'em" attempt at scaring people from coming here. In your quote you are grouping first-time crossers, asylum seekers and known criminals (violence, robbery, drugs) in the same category -- like the current administration started doing in April with Zero-Tolerance.
Do you really believe they should all be handled the same way?
There are so many problems with that.
1. It's VERY expensive!!!!
2. It stresses an already stressed judicial system.
3. It stresses an already stressed child sponsorship/foster system.
4. It goes against what MOST Americans believe is morally right -- we still do live in a democracy?
5. It scarily sets broad-brush power precedents toward vulnerable populations that frankly could become quite dangerous.
6. It is EXPENSIVE!!!
And not to mention the obvious detriment to the kids that those of us who are weak and have bleeding hearts keep blabbering on and on about -- because hey, why weren't we outraged before???
Because what was happening before is not what is happening now. That is a fact. What is happening now is called Zero-Tolerance -- which I pretty lamely tried to describe above.
Look, I'm not a sweet, soft purring kitten -- not a snowflake and my heart doesn't bleed as much as it probably should.... but this whole zero tolerance thing is wrong. I don't like thugs. They should be prosecuted and kicked out of the country if they don't belong here. Parents of kids running away from shootouts and unimaginable violence and poverty are not thugs.
C'mon, there's no comparison and the penalties shouldn't be the same.