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First Lady Melania Trump has issued a statement on the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy, which has seen families separated at the U.S. Mexico Border and children taken away from their parents.
Her statement, which was issued through her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, to CNN, marks the first time Mrs. Trump has addressed the topic.
“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” Mrs. Trump’s statement read. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”
I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.https://t.co/he1uw1E96A
— Laura Bush (@laurawbush) June 18, 2018
Former First Lady Laura Bush has also spoken out against the policy of separating children from their parents. Mrs. Bush penned a scathing column for The Washington Post in which she called the policy “immoral” and “cruel.”
“I live in a border-state,” Mrs. Bush wrote. “I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”
“Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores…Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war…If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents – and to stop separating children and parents in the first place,” Mrs. Bush wrote in The Washington Post.
“In 2018, can we not find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to the current crisis? I, for one, believe we can,” the former First Lady ended her column.