First lady Melania Trump "hates" to see children separated from their families after illegally crossing the southern border of the country. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families as a direct consequence of her husband, President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.
"Mrs. (Melania) Trump hates to see children separated from their families," spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told Efe today.
Trump's wife "hopes both sides can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," Grisham said."She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart," she added.
Although the words of the first lady may seem a direct criticism of her husband's policy, Trump said last Friday that he hates "children being taken away" and blamed Democrats for the problem on existing laws and the alleged democrats opposition to change it.
Today, former Prime Minister Laura Bush (2001-2009) her usual silence on political issues to urge the Trump government to stop separating children from their parents.
"I live in a border state (Texas). I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zeto-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart," Bush wrote in a published opinion article for the Washington Post newspaper.
The wife of former President George W. Bush compared the images of the shelters where immigrant children are being placed with Japanese American "internment camps" of World War II, and recalled that this was "one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history".
Despite the increase in criticism, Trump returned today to defend the “zero-tolerance” policy of her Executive with illegal immigration, of which the separation of families is a direct consequence.
"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee-holding facility. You look at what’s happening in Europe and in other places. We cannot allow that to happen to the United States. Not on my watch," Trump said at a White House rally. EFE
Thousands of people participated in a demonstration on June 14, 2018, in Los Angeles, State of California (USA), who took to the streets of almost 80 cities in the United States to express their rejection of Donald Trump’s policy to separate immigrant families at the border, what they described as "inhumane" and "immoral." California was probably the state that registered the most demonstrations, with some 18 cities that hosted these marches in which immigrant advocates, religious groups, unions, Democratic legislators and students participated.
"This call is not only to the Administration but to the American society so that it understands that it is inhuman what we are doing to these children and these mothers," said Karla Estrada, founder of UndocuTravelers, one of the groups that participated in the national protest convened by the organization Families Belong Together.
"It's a question of life or death," Salvadoran Maria Urque told Efe. In the 1980s, she crossed the southern border of the United States with her family and said that the measures of the current Administration in the White House are not going to stop immigration.
"We want these babies free now," shouted activists in the capital, Gustavo Torres, of Casa Maryland, who, like many, criticized the Border Patrol for not delivering concrete figures to date on the number of children who have been separated from their parents.
This federal agency recently informed Congress that between May 7 and 21, 658 children were separated from 638 adults.
"The crisis was not caused by Congress but by President Trump," said Democratic Nevada lawmaker Catherine Cortez Masto, also part of a protest in Washington and stressed that just an order from Trump is enough to stop the "imprisonment" of minors and return them to their parents.
"Separating families is not only inhumane, it goes against everything we defend as a country," she said.
The repudiation of the "zero-tolerance" policy against immigration that has been implemented by the Department of Justice, headed by Jeff Sessions, must come from both Republicans and Democrats, as Anna Tarkov, national coordinator of Unidentified Families United, said, and who told Efe that "this is not a political problem, it is a moral problem".
EFE / Armando Arorizo