The border separations of children from their illegal-immigrant parents are infinitely sad.  The makers of Law and Order: SVU are probably very proud of last night’s episode dealing with the matter, but they need not be.

Regarding certain individuals, such as a federal agent whom Liv (Mariska Hargitay) orders to be arrested,  it was highly unlikely, and it emitted the usual sentimentality.  Annoyingly, the show used Hargitay for liberal agitprop—fatal for fiction—and I am prompted to opine something about the scriptwriters:  they are blithely unaware that the family separations problem is not a simple issue.  This is owing to Trump’s responsibility to uphold federal law and to the weak policy of catch-the-illegal, release-the-illegal.  These things were not mentioned in the SVU episode.