There is no debate to be had about putting children in cages

We are ripping children from the arms of their parents and throwing them into cages. This is not hyperbole. It is literally happening. Border patrol agents are mocking the children as they scream for their mothers and fathers

Anyone attempting to rationalize what we are doing to these children at the border — or engaging in some rear-guard political spin to diminish just how truly awful it is in order to put its stink on their political enemies — rather than simply demand that it be ended is a garbage person. They are morally and ethically corrupt. There is no other way to put it. 

I don’t say things like that very often. I argue with people about politics every day, almost always using the “argue the point, not the person” stuff I was trained to do. I won’t do that here. This is a moral test. It should be a pretty goddamn easy one to pass too. Not that many aren’t gleefully failing it.

There is nothing simpler than saying “taking kids from their parents and locking them up in cages is wrong.” It’s the easiest thing in the world. That’s the case even if you have strong feelings about immigration and border security. People can negotiate about any topic, but not when one side is, quite literally, holding children hostage.

If you can’t do that, I’m sorry, you’re sick. You lack basic human empathy. Your moral compass is broken and I hope to God you find a way to fix it soon.

Craig Calcaterra

Craig is the author of the daily baseball (and other things) newsletter, Cup of Coffee. He writes about other things at He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and many cats.