"The View" host Whoopi Goldberg compared video from inside child detention centers to photographs of police turning firehoses on civil rights protesters.
The co-hosts agreed the Trump administration policy -- which flows from its zero-tolerance prosecutions for undocumented immigrants -- was shocking, immoral and needlessly cruel.
"I observe my grandson," said co-host Joy Behar. "You know, he's 7 years old. He likes to play Minecraft when he's at my house, but he wants us in the room with him, you know. Children want their parents, they want their grandparents there. I don't think in summer camp mothers were dragged out screaming, 'I want my child back.' They were sending them to camp."
Co-host Meghan McCain said parenthood wasn't necessary to be outraged.
"Can I say one thing?" McCain said. "I don't have to have a child to know that this is, like, not humane. You're right that President Trump and Jeff Sessions could possibly shut this down today, but they're not going to. We have to rely on people like Ted Cruz and people on the forefront speaking out about this."
She insisted that Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who compared the detention centers to "summer camp," did not represent mainstream conservatism.
"While Laura Ingraham may be one person who, yes, has a prime time show, but she doesn't speak for the entirety of the party," McCain said. "There's a lot of outrage. When you're seeing people like Bill O'Reilly coming out and saying this is wrong, you have a P.R. problem."
Goldberg said the issue seemed to signal a coming change -- for the better.
"A lot of folks on the right, a lot of Republicans do not like what's happening," Goldberg said. "They don't like what they're seeing. What's great about it for me, this is how things change, when you put a face to something.
"I remember when I was a kid, we only had three networks, and one you had to get if you were on, like, a treadmill," she continued. "But you saw what was happening down South with people getting hit with water hoses, you saw children getting hit. You saw adults getting hit because they wanted to go and vote, and people started to say, 'Well, how would I feel if I wanted to vote and I couldn't.'"
"I feel like these visuals of us seeing these children being separated and seeing the children separated is going to help us as Americans," Goldberg added. "Whether you're left or right, as an American, this has to piss you off. This should piss you off. This is beyond left, right, center, middle -- this is an American issue."