The first lady, Melania Trump, issued a statement saying that she “hates to see children separated from their families,” in response to the growing outrage over the separation of children from their parents who illegally crossed the southern border into the United States.
“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” the first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”
The current policy stems from the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” toward people crossing the border illegally. The first lady’s comments are consistent with the president, who says that the current situation on the border can be remedied with immigration reform.
Former First Lady Laura Bush Calls Trump’s Immigration Policy “Cruel”
Former first lady Laura Bush says the policy of separating immigrant parents and children along the nation’s southern border is “cruel,” “’immoral” and “it breaks my heart.”
Bush made the statement via a guest column for The Washington Post Sunday. She said it was “eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II,” which she said are “now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”
“I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel,” she wrote.