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."
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
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.
Sometimes truth transcends party. https://t.co/TeFM7NmNzU— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 18, 2018
Statement from former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter on children separated from their parents at the border: pic.twitter.com/WVg91SWutl— The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) June 18, 2018
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?
🤔 I wonder what would happen if four first ladies (including the current immigrant one) showed up together at the child detention centers at the border...?— Protik Majumdar (@protik_majumdar) June 20, 2018
Separating children from their parents at the border is against the soul of our country. I don’t care who started it; I care that it must end. We’re better than this.— Kyle Pierce (@KPierce) June 20, 2018
America's current and former first ladies are pushing back against the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the border. https://t.co/ujTvMRdAbl pic.twitter.com/4vykKfhEX6— NPR (@NPR) June 19, 2018
All 5 Living First Ladies Oppose Trump's Zero Tolerance Immigration Rule https://t.co/DBqrCPkxKy— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) June 19, 2018