The First Lady echoes the president’s statement that, “I hate the children being taken away.” Former First Lady Laura Buch condemned the practice. President Trump falsely blamed Democrats for a law supposedly requiring the separations. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families in six weeks this spring.
First Lady Melania Trump “hates” to see families separated at the border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform U.S. immigration laws, according to a statement Sunday about the controversy over separation of immigrant parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, reports the Associated Press. Mrs. Trump didn’t refer specifically to the Trump administration’s “no tolerance” policy, which was causing a spike in children being separated from their families. Nearly 2,000 children were separated over a six-week period in April and May. A spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump issued the statement after several days of images of crying children appearing on television and online. Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said Mrs. Trump “believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.” Leading figures of both parties, including former First Lady Laura Bush, demanded that President Trump halt the practice of separating children from their parents, the New York Times reports.
While Mrs. Trump’s statement suggested the matter was an issue for Congress, Democratic lawmakers have said that no law mandates the separation of children and parents at the border. A Trump administration policy that went into effect in May sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally. More adults were jailed as a result, which led to their children being separated from them. Trump said Friday, “I hate the children being taken away,” but he falsely blamed Democrats for a law requiring it. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.” In a separate tweet, she accused the news media and others of misreporting the issue and called on those seeking asylum to do so at ports of entry rather than crossing illegally.