I am dumbfounded that there is an American of any political persuasion who hears that our government might be separating children from nursing mothers on the premise that a woman with a child at her breast might be a clever front for a sex-trafficking operation.
Unless someone thinks that these stories are fabricated, I think it is fairly clear that we have to have a better way to deal with people who stand accused of immigration violations. Even those who for some unknown reason believes someone accused of a violation should be treated no differently at all than someone has had due process and been found guilty in a court of law of a serious crime (?!? but it happens), please admit that even a convicted felon has the time and opportunity to work out who will have guardianship of her children while she is incarcerated. Even a convicted felon does not have her children shipped off to she knows not where with no opportunity to have any choice about who has them or the conditions under which they are kept.
In other words: the bishops are absolutely right, and it is beyond the pale to suggest they have no standing to speak out because the matter is “political.” It is not as if a sin is not a sin just because it is a government ordering it done.