Former First Lady Laura Bush writes op-ed condemning the separation of children from their families at the border.

By |2018-06-19T04:52:39-09:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

Courtesy of WaPo:

I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.

Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; interned Japanese have been two times as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.

Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We pride ourselves on acceptance. If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents — and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.

People on all sides agree that our immigration system isn’t working, but the injustice of zero tolerance is not the answer. I moved away from Washington almost a decade ago, but I know there are good people at all levels of government who can do better to fix this.

I thought Laura Bush’s comparison to Japanese internment camps was apt, though it is starting to seem more like Nazi concentration camps.

Yesterday also saw Melania Trump making a statement condemning this practice as well.

I think that this is going to put a lot of extra pressure on the Trump Administration to come up with a better, more humane solution. 

Laura Bush is a darling of the conservatives and even liberals who hated her husband still liked his First Lady.

I thought that Melania’s statement was a little weak, but the fact that she made one at all is significant. 

This policy of taking children from their parents is incredibly cruel, and even Trump supporters are not going to be able to defend it for long. 

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  1. Anonymous June 18, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Melanomia did not wtite that statement and it basically supports her husband’s policy of using children as pawns in his quest for a trump wall.

    I appreciate Laura’s statement and jeb has followed, expect trump to slam jeb because that is all he is capable of.

    Twitter went after him for continually blaming the dems and his speech today was a bunch of gibberish b.s. again.

    • Anonymous June 18, 2018 at 10:34 am

      Melanie may be making a veiled message to her husband because she knows if she tres to divorce him he will try to keep her from getting Barron. She knows with Barron’s special circumstances he needs his mother, not his father who is ashamed of him.

      • Anonymous June 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        Melanomia will never divorce the donald. I also find it hilarious that under trump’s proposed “merit” immigration, Melanomia would not get entry, we have enough porn models already in the US.

    • Beaglemom June 18, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      What was wrong with the statement issued on behalf of the third wife was that she was assuming that Democrats are as guilty as Republicans in bringing this about. No, third wife, this is your husband’s work. He brought it about along with the complicit GOP in Congress and in the courts.

  2. Anonymous June 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    A moral crisis, the trump admin has no morals!
    H. Clinton: Separating families at border a ‘moral crisis’
    By DEEPTI HAJELA – The Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday called the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has separated children from their parents at the southern U.S. border “a moral and humanitarian crisis.”
    Speaking at an awards lunch for the Women’s Forum of New York, Clinton said what was happening to families at the U.S.-Mexico border is “horrific.”

    “Every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged,” Clinton said.

    The separations stem from a policy that turns all cases of people trying to enter the country illegally over for criminal prosecution. Children are not detained with their parents when those parents are facing a criminal charge, as per U.S. protocol.
    President Donald Trump has defended the policy, which has taken nearly 2,000 immigrant children away from their parents.

    “The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” he added. “Not on my watch,” Trump said Monday.
    Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, said she had warned during the campaign that Trump’s hard-line immigration stance would result in family separations.
    “Now as we watch with broken hearts, that’s exactly what’s happening,” she said.

    The policy has come under increasingly strong criticism, with accounts of children kept in cages and parents not knowing where their children are.
    Trump has falsely blamed Democrats, and his administration has echoed his stance by claiming it was enforcing the law, with some using the Bible as religious justification.
    Clinton pushed back on all of those points, saying the separations are required by no law and grounded in no religion.

    “The test of any nation is how we treat the most vulnerable among us,” she said. “We are a better country than one that tears families apart.”

  3. Anonymous June 18, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    ‘Nothing short of torture’: Amnesty International finds Trump camps are breaking international torture laws

    mnesty International on Monday said that President Donald Trump is breaking U.S. and international torture laws by using “coercive” tactics that “intentionally” cause mental suffering on immigrant children that have been separated from their families.

    In a statement released Monday, the human right organization called the Trump administration’s “no tolerance” policy for undocumented immigrant families “sickening.”……

    There is no question that President Trump administration’s policy of separating mothers and fathers from their children is designed to impose severe mental suffering on these families, in order to deter others from trying to seek safety in the USA,” Guevara-Rosas added. “This is a flagrant violation of the human rights of these parents and children and is also a violation of U.S. obligations under refugee law.”

    Amnesty said that the organization had interviewed 17 families who have been separated from their children and found that “all but three of them had entered the USA legally to request asylum.”

    “Make no mistake, these family separations are a crisis of the government’s own making,” Guevara-Rosas explained. “The U.S. government is playing a sick game with these families’ lives by playing politics with what is a serious and mounting refugee crisis.”

    • Anon June 18, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Niki Haley thinks the US government has no human rights issues, while she waits for Yahoo from Israel to direct her On!
      Hope it’s worth what you are doing girl!
      They will dispose you as fast as they hired you sweetie! Say bye bye to life!

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