First Ladies Speak Out Against Policy Separating Families at the Border

The zero-tolerance immigration policy that is separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border has caused growing outrage around the world -- and all five living first ladies have made sure to publicly denounce the practice.

[ICYMI: According to a report released by the U.S. government on Friday, nearly 2,000 migrant children were separated from their parents between April 19 and May 31. The Trump administration has said it's merely enforcing a law to prosecute adults that come into the country illegally, and that children cannot be housed with them while they are going through the criminal process.]

 

While current First Lady Melania Trump rarely speaks out on matters of policy, she did have her spokesperson (Stephanie Grisham) release the following statement:

"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. She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

Perhaps even more surprisingly, former First Lady Laura Bush went so far as to write an op-ed for the Washington Post, calling the policy both cruel and immoral, even if she does "appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries."

 

Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton showed their support by sharing Laura's piece on Twitter, while Rosalynn Carter released her own statement via The Carter Center. 

 
 
 

Let me just say that I find the unity displayed by these women [who represent both Democratic and Republican ideologies] incredibly encouraging. Everybody take notes! It is possible to work together, regardless of political party.

If you'd like to take action to end child separation at the border, call your senators and tell them to vote for SB3036, otherwise known as the Keep Families Together Act. 

 

What are your thoughts about all of this?

 
 
 
 
 
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