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Melania Trump makes statement on family separations as protests grow.
First Lady Melania Trump — herself an immigrant to the United States and the first foreign-born First Lady since Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, and only First Lady to be a naturalized United States citizen — “hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” according to the statement.
First Lady Melania Trump uncharacteristically waded into a fierce debate around immigration on Sunday, pushing for bipartisan cooperation to end the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border.
“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,” according to a statement from her spokeswoman.
“She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”
The first lady’s statement stood in contrast to comments made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who implemented the “zero tolerance” policy that has led to the separation of families at the border.
President Trump has also repeatedly blamed Democrats opposed to his immigration reform proposal by falsely crediting an anti-trafficking law that passed unanimously in 2008 under President George W. Bush for the separations.
The detention of children apart from their parents is a result of the policy mandated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and there is no law that requires family separation.
As such, congressional action is not necessary to stop doing so.