Laura Bush op-ed on Trump immigration policy: It's 'immoral'

People participate in a protest against a recent US immigration policy of separating children from their families when they enter the United States as undocumented immigrants outside the Tornillo Tranit Centre in Tornillo Texas US Jun 17 2018. Reuter

The Trump administration's policy of separating illegal immigrant families at the U.S. -Mexico border doesn't sit well with some people, including former First Lady Laura Bush.

The Trump admin has talked tough on prosecuting everyone who has crossed illegally, including those who claim to deserve asylum or have small children.

Trump on the other hand is pretty clear that the shining city is not opening its doors in the grand tradition of Christian charity. Border Patrol agents are now referring nearly all illegal immigrants at the border for prosecution, and prosecutors are bringing cases against a lot of them. Former first lady Laura Bush said that as a resident of a border state, she appreciates the need to protect the nation's boundaries.

President Trump on Monday tweeted a challenge to Democrats, saying they should back GOP immigration bills aimed at fixing "the world's worst immigration laws".

There wasn't a big fuss last month when Kelly said a new policy separating children and parents could be a "tough deterrent" for immigration and refused to call it cruel in an NPR interview.

In a rare comment, Mrs Trump spoke against the Trump administration's harsh policy, saying the USA needs to be "a country that governs with heart".

ProPublica reported that the girl and the rest of the wailing children heard on the audio hadn't been at the facility a full 24 hours "so their distress at having been separated from their parents was still raw".

Mr Trump's former chief strategist said Republicans would face steep consequences for pushing the compromise bill because it provides a path to citizenship for young "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. There is no law mandating the separation of children and parents at the border.

Toddlers and babies are reportedly among those to have been separated from their parents, but the Department of Homeland Security has said the youngsters are well cared for and have disputed reports of mistreatment.

Trump himself has falsely blamed Democrats for the policy and said that he is not happy with it. Adviser Kellyanne Conway said over the weekend that "nobody likes" the policy.

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Mrs Trump "hates to see children separated from their families" and believes the USA should be a country that "governs with heart". Steve Bannon argued that effort risked alienating Trump's political base and contributing to election losses in November, when Republicans hope to preserve their congressional majorities.

The House was set to vote on Thursday on two Republican immigration bills, both drafted without input from Democrats.

"I can't come up with an example of a time that a first lady's statement comes pretty close to contravening the West Wing", she told the Washington Post.

Authorities said that during one recent six-week period almost 2,000 minors were separated from their parents or adult guardians - a figure that only stoked the firestorm.

"Yes, hopefully people will get the message", Sessions said, "and come through the border at the port of entry and not [come] across the border unlawfully". The White House has said Trump would sign either of those.

"People on all sides agree that our immigration system isn't working, but the injustice of zero tolerance is not the answer", she writes.

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