Five First Ladies Raise Their Voices for Immigrant Families

Five First Ladies Raise Their Voices for Immigrant Families

By Paulina Cachero

Jun 19, 2018

Amidst photos of distraught toddlers torn away from their parents and audio recordings of crying children in immigration detention centers, five First Ladies dropped political alliances and created a rallying cry in support of immigrant families at the US-Mexico border.

Over the weekend, reports revealed the harsh reality of the president's "zero-tolerance" policy towards undocumented immigrants with nearly 2,000 children, many of them infants and toddlers, being ripped apart from their parents who are seeking asylum.

Laura Bush was the first to speak out on Father's Day, penning an op-ed for the Washington Post that said the separation of immigrant families at the border was "cruel" and "immoral."

"Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso," Bush wrote. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the internment camps for U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history."

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Bush's piece sparked support from her fellow former First Lady and MAKER Michelle Obama.

Meanwhile, former Secretary of State and MAKER Hillary Clinton referred to the current conditions at the US-Mexico border as a "humanitarian crisis" in a Twitter thread expressing outrage at the reality of immigrant families. Clinton, who has a history of advocating for women and children, also complimented fellow First Lady Bush who "made an eloquent case."

Rosalynn Carter added her voice to the conversation releasing a statement recalling her work with refugees in Thailand and Cambodia where families were also separated. She called the current actions of our government "disgraceful" and a "shame to our country."

And to the surprise of many, even current First Lady Melania Trump released a statement from her spokeswoman concerning the situation: "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. She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

For more information on how to raise your voice and help reunite immigrant families, go to RAICES.

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