MSNBC's Rachel Maddow showed what many would hope everyone would feel at the thought of babies and young children ripped away from their parents and families: human compassion.

During a segment of The Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday, June 19, Maddow uncontrollably choked up as she discussed what's happening at the Mexico-United States border. As the Associated Press reported, the Trump administration has been sending babies and young children to "tender age" shelters in the southern region of Texas after forcibly separating them from their parents at the border.

Maddow struggled as she reported how lawyers and medical providers described the scenes at three "tender age" shelters housing babies and young children. According to the AP, the shelters are playrooms with "crying preschool-age children in crisis."

"I think I'm going to have to hand this off…" Maddow said as she choked up. 

Many viewers, activists, journalists and celebrities have shared clips of Maddow's segment on social media to prove further that the border control crisis should be objectively horrifying – mainly since many perceive the host as ordinarily being stoic. Since the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy was enacted in early May, border agents have separated at least 2,300 immigrant children from their parents and families. 

FUCKING DISGUSTING, VIOLENT, SLOPPY & MALICIOUS: THE AMERICAN WAY. KEEP CALLING YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS! 202-224-3121, Since early May, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care. The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations. Decades after the nation's child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents. The United Nations, some Democratic and Republican lawmakers and religious groups have sharply criticized the policy, calling it inhumane. Alicia Lieberman, who runs the Early Trauma Treatment Network at University of California, San Francisco, said decades of study show early separations can cause permanent emotional damage. "Children are biologically programmed to grow best in the care of a parent figure. When that bond is broken through long and unexpected separations with no set timeline for reunion, children respond at the deepest physiological and emotional levels," she said. "Their fear triggers a flood of stress hormones that disrupt neural circuits in the brain, create high levels of anxiety, make them more susceptible to physical and emotional illness, and damage their capacity to manage their emotions, trust people, and focus their attention on age-appropriate activities." via #AP

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Maddow later tweeted an apology for choking up on air:

"Again, I apologize for losing it there for a moment," she wrote in part. "Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile."