The grotesque political charade of children in cages is just another consequence of decades of hypocrisy and cowardice on the issue of immigration. As everyone knows, we have an economy that depends on millions of immigrant workers, documented or not. In compassionate times, we look away. In times of anger, we demonize. Hypocrisy and cowardice creates a vacuum, which is filled in times of political stress, such as now, with demagogic xenophobia. This was true with Bill Clinton in the early 90s, as it is true with Trump today.