Former First Ladies Band Together To Decry Separation Of Migrant Families

Former First Ladies Band Together To Decry Separation Of Migrant Families

Former First Ladies Band Together To Decry Separation Of Migrant Families

Bush's column followed remarks Sunday from first lady Melania Trump, made through a statement released by her communications director.

Stephen Miller, a Trump aide, was the man behind the tough "zero tolerance" policy enforcing the separation of undocumented immigrants from their children at the USA border.

Despite that, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway has rejected suggestions Mr Trump is using the children as leverage to force his opponents to enter negotiations on immigration and his long-promised border wall.

Homeland Security says that if parents show up at legal ports of entry to claim asylum, they won't be separated from their children.

Laura Bush wrote in an opinion piece for the Washington Post on Sunday that she understands the need to secure the borders but that the current situation reminds her of Japanese Internment Camps. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", she wrote.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

It is the policy of this administration, it was created by this administration, Donald Trump owns it, Jeff Sessions owns it, the Republicans own it, and the Democrats, to their credit, are actually trying to put an end to it.

"This is not happening because of the "Democrats" law' as the White House has claimed", she said during an event in NY on Monday. We believe it should be addressed in immigration legislation.

Though the First Lady did not directly criticise her husband's view on the matter, Melania indicated that she "hates" seeing families being separated from the young ones at the border.

The Justice Department announced April 6 the implementation of a new "zero-tolerance" policy, an effort by the Trump administration to reduce illegal border crossings into the U.S.

The former first lady said: "This zero-tolerance policy is cruel". But if they jump the border, they will be separated while they sit in jail - as are USA citizens who are accused of crimes and who land in jail.

Under President Bush, the US referred all illegal immigrants for prosecution but made exceptions for adults traveling with children.

Now, undocumented migrant adults are arrested and jailed, and their children are then classified as unaccompanied alien minors and taken away to separate facilities.

President Trump has said the policy is about stopping the spread of violence from Central America to the United States because criminals use children as pawns to come here illegally. And it is on all of us, not just the Trump administration.

Related news