In a rare statement on policy, Melania Trump has spoken out about the separation of immigrant children from their parents at borders. Trump's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN today, June 17, that the first lady thinks the U.S. should "govern with heart" when it comes to immigration.
"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," Grisham said in a statement to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."
This comes after a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson told NPR on June 16 that an estimated 1,995 minors have been separated from their parents and guardians at the U.S. border between April 19 and the end of May. According to CNN, it's part of a new administration policy that charges every adult caught crossing the border illegally with federal crimes. (Previous administrations typically referred those with children to immigration courts.)
Since the news broke, there has been a public debate about the policy and many have shared images and stories of the children caught in the middle. President Trump weighed in on the debate via Twitter, writing, "Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change! This is why we need more Republicans elected in November. Democrats are good at only three things, High Taxes, High Crime and Obstruction. Sad!"