Laura Bush decries Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy

Evan Vucci  AP FILEPresident Donald Trump walks to an interview on the North Lawn of the White House

Evan Vucci AP FILEPresident Donald Trump walks to an interview on the North Lawn of the White House

First lady Melania Trump is wading into the emotional controversy over policies enacted by her husband's administration that have increased the number of migrant children being separated from their parents.

That question, included in a document given to immigrants who are arrested and separated from their children at the U.S. -Mexico border, is at the heart of the Trump administration's new policy toward immigrant families.

In a rare comment on policy, Mrs Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham issued a statement on her behalf to U.S. news network CNN.

In fact, the spike in separations is the result of a "zero tolerance" policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April, under which anyone suspected of crossing the border illegally faces criminal prosecution.

"I hate the children being taken away", he said.

Laura Bush, wife of former President George W. Bush, has also launched an outspoken attack on the policy in a statement in the Washington Post. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", she wrote in the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, officials announced plans to erect tent cities to hold hundreds more children in the Texas desert where temperatures regularly reach 40C (105F).

Bush compared the Trump Administration's policy to the internment of the Japanese during World War II. Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway slammed the policy of separating children from their parents during an appearance on NBC News, saying she doesn't like it.

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The zero-tolerance policy, which went into effect in May, "sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the USA illegally", according to the Associated Press. And it is on all of us, not just the Trump administration. Included in the moderate House GOP bill is a measure that would stop family separations at the border.

Dershowitz said regardless of the state of the facilities where the children are living, the act of separating children and parents can not continue.

Bush's op-ed comes on the heels of current first lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman weighing in on the issue on her behalf.

"It was orderly, but it was far from what I would call humane", he said. Trump has made helping children the basis for her platform as first lady, called "Be Best".

Several lawmakers and reporters have begun to release accounts about the detention centers, one of which now houses upwards of 1,400 children.

"The president is ready to get meaningful immigration reform across the board", she said when asked if the president was willing to end the policy. "He has put the full weight of his office behind it", said House Homeland Security Committee chairman McCaul, who spoke with the president on Saturday.

Almost 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and guardians and placed into holding facilities between April 19 and May 31 of this year, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

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