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Every Living U.S. First Lady Opposes What's Happening at Their Border

First Ladies Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, and Carter have all spoken out against the current practice of separating children from their guardians.
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This afternoon, Rosalynn Carter became the fifth and final living first lady to speak out about President's Trump border policy, which is separating children from their parents and guardians.

Here's how all five of the first ladies addressed the issue:


Rosalynn Carter


"When I was first lady, I worked to call attention to the plight of refugees fleeing Cambodia for Thailand, I visited Thailand and witnessed firsthand the trauma of parents and children separated by circumstance beyond their control," Carter said in a statement. "The practice and policy today of removing children from their parents’ care at our border with Mexico is disgraceful and a shame to our country."


Hillary Clinton


"What’s happening to families at the border right now is a humanitarian crisis. Every parent who has ever held a child in their arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged."

She went on to say on Twitter, "Despite what this White House claims, separating families is not mandated by law. That is an outright lie, and it’s incumbent on all of us – journalists and citizens alike – to call it just that.

Those who selectively use the Bible to justify this cruelty are ignoring a central tenet of Christianity. Jesus said 'Suffer the little children unto me.' He did not say 'let the children suffer.'"


The Clintons greet the Carters at President Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017.


Laura Bush


The wife of the 43rd president penned an op-ed for the Washington Post in which she wrote, "I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart."


Michelle Obama


President Obama's wife reposted Bush's tweet with a simple reply: "Sometimes truth transcends party."

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Melania Trump


Finally, current First Lady Melania Trump issued a rare statement on policy yesterday: "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 spokeswoman, 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."

While Trump did not specifically condemn her husband's policy, she made it clear that she is upset to watch children be separated from their guardians.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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