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Two First Ladies Speak Out Against Family Separation Policy … And It’s Not Obama or Clinton

The current first lady of the United States and a former first lady of the United States are speaking out against the Trump administration's family separation policy. Neither are Democrats.

By NTK Staff | 06.18.2018 @12:30pm
Two First Ladies Speak Out Against Family Separation Policy … And It’s Not Obama or Clinton

Two first ladies are speaking out against the Trump administration’s family separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border this week. Neither are Democrats and, perhaps even more surprising, one is a Trump.

The former first lady speaking out is Laura Bush, who wrote a rare op-ed in The Washington Post Sunday night, saying the family separation “breaks my heart.”

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.

Bush even compares the family separation policy to the cruel and infamous policy of interning Japanese-American citizens during World War II.

These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; interned Japanese have been two times as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.

But Laura Bush is not the only first lady speaking out this week. Melania Trump, whose husband, conceivably, can put a stop to the family separation policy, said Sunday through a spokesman she “hates to see children separated from their families.”

“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,” her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN on Sunday. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”

That Bush and Trump, first ladies not known for weighing in often on policy, are speaking out this week shows how much of a problem the policy has become for the administration.

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