TEXAS—(ENEWSPF)—June 18, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser
Former first lady Laura Bush issued statement about the Trump Administration’s immigration policy on Sunday, calling family separations at the U.S. border with Mexico “immoral” and drawing parallels to World War II internment camps.
Bush’s editorial in The Washington Post mirrored growing criticism of the Justice Department’s new policy to prosecute as many people as possible who cross the border illegally. The move, announced last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has already resulted in a massive spike in children being separated from their parents. Last week, DHS announced that nearly 2,000 kids had been separated from their parents during a six-week period ending last month. Many are currently being held in juvenile detention centers.
In her commentary, Laura Bush wrote:
“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. Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. 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 pride ourselves on acceptance. If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents — and to stop separating parents and children in the first place. People on all sides agree that our immigration system isn’t working, but the injustice of zero tolerance is not the answer.”
First lady Melania Trump offered her own criticism of the policy on Sunday, telling CNN through her spokeswoman that she “hates to see children separated from their families.”
Sources: CNN, Huffington Post