The children caught up in the immigration enforcement last week are victims of their own parents’ lawlessness.

Every effort to eliminate human suffering should be made, — and it’s encouraging to see communities pitch in to render aid — but the heart of the issue with illegals is the rule of law.

Don’t come here illegally and subject children to the dangers.

The humanitarian crisis along the southern U.S. border is heart-wrenching and hit home explosively in Mississippi with untruths that fit a certain political narrative.

Politicizing the crisis is wrong, particularly this investigation, which was more than a year in the works and follows a long precedent of enforcement.

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, on Super Talk radio Monday morning, re-affirmed what he’s been saying all along: Federal agents went above and beyond to make sure victimized children received proper care.

Nearly 700 federal law enforcement agents executed administrative and criminal search warrants at seven sites in Mississippi, including Carthage, Morton and Canton.

Enforcing our current immigration laws is essential to securing the U.S. border, so the importance of this enforcement should not go unrecognized.

“The execution of federal search warrants today was simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout this great country,” Hurst said last Wednesday.

“I commend these federal agents, our state and local law enforcement partners, and our federal prosecutors for their professionalism and dedication to ensure that those who violate our laws are held accountable.”

“We are a nation of laws, and we will remain so by continuing to enforce our laws and ensuring that justice is done.”

Enforcement efforts are being equally focused on aliens unlawfully seeking work in the U.S. as well as the employers who knowingly hired them, officials have said over and over.

The Southern District has a history of prosecuting illegal immigration. Think Howard Industries in 2008. 

On talk radio, Hurst mentioned places like China Kitchen in Meridian whose owners are in jail over repeated illegal hiring offenses. 

Federal officials have said all along they intend to go after the business owners in this case just as hard as the illegals. That takes time to build a case.

Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist and Lutheran bishops condemned the Aug. 7 efforts to round up the illegal workers.

Such raids “only serve to ... cause the unacceptable suffering of thousands of children and their parents, and create widespread panic in our communities,” the religious leaders said in an Aug. 9 statement quoting Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a July letter he sent to President Donald Trump.

“We, the undersigned, condemn such an approach, which, as he  (DiNardo) rightly states, ‘has created a climate of fear in our parishes and communities across the United States,’” the religious leaders said.

The cultural Marxism of the left tugs at the charity of Christian hearts and guilts followers into turning Jesus into a social justice warrior — which He is not. He came to save sinners offering a free gift by grace through faith in Christ alone.

In many cases, the undocumented immigrants involved in last week’s raids were allegedly working under the identities of real American citizens, Hurst told WLBT in Jackson.

Attitudes and laws surrounding U.S. immigration have vacillated between welcoming and restrictive since the Founding.

Immigration is one of the fundamental building blocks that help make America unique. Yet, reasonable Americans find themselves trapped between zealots on both sides in a toxic debate.

For over two centuries, the United States has welcomed millions of people from every corner of the globe. 

Today, we lawfully admit over one million people every year, more than any other country in the world. 

The debate is not about whether we should allow immigration – it’s about how we do so in a way that protects American sovereignty, respects the rule of law, and is beneficial to all Americans. We must preserve patriotic assimilation. Immigration reform could even include transitioning to a merit-based system.

First principles demand in this case under current law we meet the humanitarian needs of the undocumented workers and their families without glorifying law-breaking or demonizing law enforcement.