In a rare statement on a policy issue, first lady Melania Trump weighed in through her spokeswoman on the immigration crisis taking place at America's borders.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN on Sunday. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."
Trump, who has made helping children the crux of her official "Be Best" platform as first lady, had yet to discuss the state of families and immigration, a topic that has been prominent in headlines for days.
A Trump administration policy now charges every adult caught crossing the border illegally with federal crimes, as opposed to referring those with children mainly to immigration courts, as previous administrations did. Because the government is charging the parents in the criminal justice system, children are separated from them, without a clear procedure for their reunification aside from hotlines the parents can call to try to track their children down.
The policy to refer all adults for charges was publicly announced May 7, but the Justice Department announced it would prosecute 100% of the cases referred to it at the beginning of April.
Democratic congressman: Family separation 'on all of us'
Democratic congressman: Family separation 'on all of us'
Nearly 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, Department of Homeland Security spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters Friday on a conference call.

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AveryCO
AveryCO

At least she went there you know, with prodding or not, she went to the border which makes a statement even if she does not affect legislation, she went to Texas to discuss with the people there. What have we done to alleviate the situation? Talk all day using our keyboards?

FelixCulpa
FelixCulpa

I DON'T REALLY CARE, DO U?

FelixCulpa
FelixCulpa

I'm not saying it's not a worthwhile sentiment. It's merely that Melania Trump has so far been a non-entity politically, and seems to choose issues that are strangely ironic. Cyber bullying, and separating kids from parents at the border. I appreciate that she cares about those things, but her lobbying, private or otherwise, hasn't had an appreciable impact that I've noticed.

ThreePatriots
ThreePatriots

Editor

Seeing as the First Lady isn't in Congress who can write and pass laws to address the issue, a public statement and maybe some private lobbying with her husband and others in her circle of influence is about all she can do. We do, after all, have a process for all of this stuff...

FelixCulpa
FelixCulpa

I hate to see rhinos killed for their horns, and hope that all involved parties can come to some agreement that would prevent rhinos being killed for their horn or other reasons. We need to make sure that sort of thing doesn't happen if we're to move forward as a coalition. I'M FREAKIN' AWESOME! I just did as much for rhinos as Melania Trump did for kids separated from their moms. Hooray for me. whoooooooooooo....... hoooooooooo.

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