Childless ... And Clueless?

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Protesters demonstrated against the separation of migrant children from their families in Los Angeles, California on Monday. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The first poll numbers are starting to come in on the Trump administration’s decision to ramp up the separation of young children from their immigrant parents as they try to enter the country, and the results aren’t positive.

Perhaps that will change as the administration further explains itself, but I doubt it.

But seeing the double-digit percentages of people who are fine with it – including, pathetically, a solid majority of Republicans – I’m wondering: do you need to have kids in order to feel empathy for kids and their parents?

After all, White House advisor Stephen Miller, the resident expert on immigration, has no spouse or kids.

Neither does Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

And as for the president, I give you this remark from a 2005 interview with Mr. Trump in which he was asked about his kids: “I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds and [my wife will] take care of the kids.”

None of this proves anything, of course.

You can have a house full of kids and still be a cruel parent. And childless people often make warm, loving aunts and uncles.

But if you’ve ever known and loved a child, you know how vulnerable they are, and how strong the urge to protect them can be.

Working in the news business, we are regularly confronted with the damage horrible monsters can do to kids, and I am thankful to be able to vent my anger at the perps instead of having to pretend to be “impartial.”

First Lady Melania Trump seems to get it. So do former First Lady Laura Bush and some of the most conservative Republicans in Congress.

So maybe it’s not party or ideology that makes the difference here but experience, and the understanding that brings.

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