Leading voices from the Republican and Democratic parties have joined forces in a bid to cease immigrant family separations, administered by the Trump government. This has resulted in nearly 2,000 children being removed from family members in just two weeks.
According to the New York Times, seasonal spikes in illegal crossings has sparked government to enforce aggressive ways of discouraging immigrants from crossing the country. Advocates within the Trump administration, particularly Stephen Miller, Mr. Trump’s senior policy adviser, took swift action in applying the policy, having all families apprehended at the border to be separated – and of course it was not taken well.
As photos surfaced of children detained in makeshift warehouses, former first lady Laura Bush, a conservative newspaper and a onetime adviser to Mr. Trump joined Democrats in condemning the practice. “I live in a border state,” she wrote in a guest column in The Washington Post. “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.”
Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, former President Bill Clinton and even first lady Melania Trump all commented on the policy. Melania said she “hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together.” Mrs. Trump “believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with a heart,” the first lady’s office said in a statement.
It is said that the policy will be a focal point for the Democratic party as legislation is unknown, as a tool to display the extremist approach to immigration.