All four living former US first ladies — Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama — have condemned the Trump administration’s policy. The policy seeks to criminally prosecute anyone who crosses the border unlawfully and separating migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border.
Laura Bush was the first one to raise her voice against the new immigration policy. The new policy has ripped about 2,000 migrant children from their parents. The ladies advocated their views against the policy and called it as “immoral”, “disgraceful” and a “humanitarian crisis”. They harshly criticized the current Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
During a talk at a women’s group event in New York City on June 18, Clinton called family separation “an affront to our values”. In a series of tweets, she called the situation at the border “a humanitarian crisis”.
What’s happening to families at the border right now is a humanitarian crisis. Every parent who has ever held a child in their arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2018
Bush never speaks out on political issues. However, she broke partisan views against the policy in a Washington Post op-ed.
She 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.”
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.https://t.co/he1uw1E96A
— Laura Bush (@laurawbush) June 18, 2018
Michelle Obama also supported Bush. On 19th of June, she retweeted her predecessor’s opinion article. Along with that, she simply wrote, “Sometimes truth transcends party.”
Sometimes truth transcends party. https://t.co/TeFM7NmNzU
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 18, 2018
Even her husband Barack Obama’s administration was heavily criticized. He was highly criticized for the way officials responded to its own immigration crisis. For this, Barack Obama even earned the nickname “deporter in chief”. He was called so as he expelled more people than any other president in history during his tenure.
Rosalynn Carter also criticized Trump’s policy. She called the policy of separating families “disgraceful and a shame to our country.”
Statement from former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter on children separated from their parents at the border: pic.twitter.com/WVg91SWutl
— The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) June 18, 2018
Even the current first lady, Melania Trump, commented on the issue. On June 17, she made a rare statement criticizing her husband’s administration over the policy.
In an official statement, Melania’s spokesperson said, “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. She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”
The president has falsely claimed that he has no choice on breaking up families. Trump asserted that a law “Democrats gave us” is responsible for the policy. However, it is unclear which law he is referring to.
In a recent tweet, he advised Democrats to work with Republicans to create a new legislation.
He even tweeted to change the laws.
However, over a six-week period only, from April 19 to May 31, about 1,995 children have been separated from their parents, the Department of Homeland Security officials told reporters.
Deepali Is An Intern With SheThePeople.TV