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Former first lady Michelle Obama just weighed in on the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, and she's calling on members of all parties to wake up and take action.
Over the course of a six-week period, nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the border due to strict immigration policies. Now, immigrants who cross the border, including refugees seeking asylum, must be detained, which means their children are taken from their custody and sent to detention centers.
On Sunday, former first lady Laura Bush published an op-ed in The Washington Post to address her concerns with the harmful policies, titled, "Separating children from their parents at the border 'breaks my heart.'"
"I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zeo-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart," Bush tweeted alongside her op-ed.
Sometimes truth transcends party. https://t.co/TeFM7NmNzU
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 18, 2018
On Monday afternoon, Michelle Obama retweeted the article, adding, "Sometimes truth transcends party."
Obama joins many political figures who've publicly spoken out to condemn the negative effects of the zero-tolerance policy, including Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton.
No words seem sufficient to describe this inhumanity: https://t.co/DUsJac5Pas
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 13, 2018
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter also weighed in:
Another first lady heard from: Rosalynn Carter releases statement saying "The practice and policy today of removing children from their parents' care at our border with Mexico is disgraceful and a shame to our country."
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) June 18, 2018
First lady Melania Trump addressed the controversial zero-tolerance policy on Monday, providing a statement that stands in stark contrast to those from Obama and Bush.
Melania's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN: "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."
President Trump, meanwhile, spent Monday morning tweeting to reinforce his incorrect assertion that the Democrats are to blame (while also misspelling the word "border").
It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
For more information on how to help families at the border, check out our guide.