Former First Ladies Stand Against Trump’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

Donald Trump‘s stance on immigration and his zero-tolerance policy gained him a lot of favor with voters living in border states during his campaign for the presidency. Many Americans donned Make America Great Again shirts and chanted, “Build That Wall!” at his rallies. Now, the First Ladies are saying the new president has gone too far by separating families at the border.

There are only five living first ladies and all five of them have stood united against the president’s policy. Former First Lady, Laura Bush made her stance clear on the issue in her op-ed piece she wrote for the Washington Post on Sunday, stating the practice as “cruel” and “immoral.”

It wasn’t long before Bush was joined by other famed first ladies, Rosalynn Carter and Michelle Obama, who tweeted her support saying, “Sometimes truth transcends party.”

NPR previously reported the capture of nearly 2,000 children taken from parents between April 19 and the end of May as part of their zero-tolerance approach to immigration in which parents have also been arrested, as claimed by the Department of Homeland Security.

When questioned about the controversial practice and the new containment camps for children separated from families at the border, the 45th President declared very strongly (and falsely) the policy was the fault of Democrats.

Former First Lady and 2016 Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, reportedly slammed the zero-tolerance policy during an acceptance speech Monday claiming he’s lying about the policy and the separation of families being part of the law, said The Hill. 

“This is not happening because of the ‘Democrats’ law,’ as the White House has claimed,” she said during remarks in New York.

She added, “Separating families is not mandated by law at all. That is an outright lie. It’s incumbent on all of us, journalists and citizens alike, to call it just that.”

Even First Lady Melania Trump has announced her distaste for the new approach. Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham released a statement on her behalf reporting that “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.”

Outside of the First Ladies, many big name senators and celebrities have announced their resistance to the zero tolerance approach to immigration. In fact, there’s been so much protest toward the new policy, Advocacy groups such as MoveOn, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the American Civil Liberties Union have come together to plan the “Families Belong Together” march in Washington D.C. on June 30 to speak out against family separation at the border.

 

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