Every living first lady has condemned policy separating immigrant parents from children

Glen Norman
June 20, 2018

Clinton, former first lady, secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee, said at an awards lunch for the Women's Forum of NY that the separations are not required by law and are not grounded in any religion.

Come with me: A US Border Patrol agent gestures to a young asylum seeker.

In the clip, children can be heard screaming "Mami" and "Papá" over and over again, while one six-year-old girl begs a worker to call her aunt.

"The time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separations of families", said Senator Lisa Murkowski, from Alaska. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. "This is America, and so either that is who we are or this is who we are and this is our choice right now", said Representative Beto O' Rourke, (D) El Paso. "Rather, its implementation and its execution are taking place exclusively at your direction, and the unfolding tragedy falls squarely on your shoulders".

USA border authorities are executing the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants.

White House and congressional officials said Trump was referring to family separation language that GOP leadership plans to add to a compromise immigration bill when he referenced making "changes" to the legislation.


Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet.

The growing crowds at these detention centers have thrust Trump's immigration policy into the spotlight, and he has faced calls to end the separation of families from Democrats, Republicans, celebrities and commentators, many of whom were silent while the Obama administration did the same thing. The Trump administration has said it's simply enforcing a law to prosecute adults that come into the US illegally and that children can not be housed with adults while they are going through the criminal process. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", wrote Bush in an opinion piece.

He's argued that, "politically correct or not, we have a country that needs security, that needs safety".

Democrats have accused Mr Trump of effectively turning the children into political hostages to secure stricter immigration measures, such as funding for a US-Mexico border wall.

Appearing on Fox & Friends, Wildes says the current administration's policy "goes against the ethos of our founding documents and fathers".

Democrats, though, say his zero tolerance policy of losing criminal charges against illegal immigrants has spurred the separations.


"The practice and policy today of removing children from their parents' care at our border with Mexico is disgraceful and a shame to our country".

Laura Bush, the former first lady of the US, expressed her rejection of the policy.

And the administration cites the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, which makes a first illegal entry into the USA a misdemeanor. It's a crime to come across illegally and children get separated.

GOP senators including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME also said they've been discussing family separation legislation.

As lawmakers gather at the border speaking out against President Donald Trump's new "zero tolerance" immigration policy, former First Lady Laura Bush is now blasting the policy.

GOP senators including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME also said they've been discussing family separation legislation.


"It was the hardest moment in my life", she said. "We are a better country than one that tears families apart".

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