Roger, I think I understand what you’re getting at, and your issues do sorely need addressing. I’m not making an either-or proposition out of this.
Here’s my partial response as to why this matters & is worthy of your “political capital leverage” consideration… the exploitation, abuse, cruel detentions and deportations (& breaking up of families) of immigrants whom we’ve hypocritically been willing TO exploit and the treatment and national betrayal of the innocent kids brought to the US, the using them as easy xenophobes’ targets and the using them as political pawns are basic humanitarian abuses…then excesses, and they are some of the first steps into fascism and neo-Nazism, the slippery slope we’re on right now. This IS about democracy and everybody’s rights being secure.
Remember Reverend Niemöller’s poem: In Germany, first they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist…
I hope this made sense to you, even if you don’t agree.