First lady Melania Trump "hates" to see families separated

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The first lady issued the unusual statement in response to the growing outrage over the separation of children from their parents who illegally crossed the southern border into the United States.

"She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with a heart", the first lady said in the statement by her Spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham.

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.

President Donald Trump says he hates "the breakup of families" but has repeatedly falsely blamed Democrats for a law requiring it, the AP reports.

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.

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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.

"We don't want kids to be separated from their parents", Ryan told reporters in Washington.

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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.

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