Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently directed border and immigration authorities to implement a zero-tolerance policy for prosecuting individuals who enter the US illegally.
But while her comments may run counter to the president's, some have said they don't go almost far enough to counter false statements made by the White House and merely echo an inaccurate claim that Democrats are responsible for the separations.
Laura Bush called the separation policy "cruel" and "immoral" in a guest column for The Washington Post Sunday. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", Bush writes.
The initial reaction from many of her husband's critics, no surprise, is that this is far too little. She also wrote that it seems people on either side of the aisle seem to agree that the immigration system is flawed.More news: Senegal vs. Poland final score
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Former first lady Michelle Obama retweeted Bush's message Monday, adding, "Sometimes truth transcends party". This is a Trump policy - he owns this, and the Democrats are the only ones trying to fix it. Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins discusses this.
After touring a processing center in McAllen, Texas on Sunday, a group of Democratic lawmakers warned of the "irreparable harm" caused by the separations, repeating a phrase used by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Former first lady of the United States, Laura Bush, spoke out on the separation of families on the USA border on Sunday night.
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Almost 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and guardians and placed into holding facilities between April 19 and May 31 of this year, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
It is very rare for Bush, the wife of former president George W. Bush, to wade into political controversies, but perhaps this exception is less surprising because it is in keeping with her longtime advocacy for children.