Immigration reform? Why not Congress take up just this corner of the issue? Why not act while the crisis is here? Why not pass a law allowing the children to stay?
Yes, I know some are concerned that the reason they are coming is that word might be out that they will be allowed to stay. "A pervasive rumor," it is called, and President Obama has gone on record to counter it, saying the children will be deported.
Perhaps, instead, this is a rumor we should make good on. Let 'em stay. Children in need, they are. Let them stay.
Now, that being said, yes I do see the what could follow. You let the children stay and coming up behind them might be parents who demand to also be allowed in, so they can be with their children. I suppose at that point, you could say, "No, but here is the child. We're sending him back to your arms."
I confess that I would prefer us to say, "You, too, may come." At what point do we see that our policy is wrong if that policy is to reject the needy from coming to America?