Last year, when tens of thousands of children traveled hundreds of miles -- risking death and starvation -- to flee violence and drug gangs in Central America, and showed up on our nation's doorstep, we faced a moral test as a country. We could either send these children back to certain death -- as many Republicans and some Democrats advocated -- or we could listen to our better angels and respond like the generous, compassionate people that we are. I didn't think it was a hard choice. I broke with leaders in the Democratic Party and said we had a moral obligation to take the refugee children in.
We face a similar moral dilemma today. You might not be hearing as much about it because it's not manifesting itself on our border. But it's no less important.