Current Events
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.
IMAGE GETTY IMAGES/ JIM WATSON
Comments

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."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

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.

Comments
About The Author
Sam Dangremond
View Other Articles From Sam Dangremond
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
Rikkie Dee's Foodee Global Concepts balances homegrown restaurant concepts with award-winning global brands.
 
Share
 
Share
Journey from Boston to Nantucket to discover the quintessential playground of the American East.
 
Share
Despite their high-profile family backgrounds, these bachelors have chosen to remain humble and under the radar.
 
Share
They're bringing in a whole new slate of actors for season 3.
 
Share
A bi-monthly look at what's to come for your sign courtesy of T&C's master astrologer, Katharine Merlin.
 
Share
Solaire will be flying in 25,000 liters of beer from Bavarian brewery Weihenstephaner, said to be the world’s oldest.
 
Share
She'll marry Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle on October 12.
 
Share
No visit to Athens is complete without a stop at the jeweler that launched T&C U.S. editor-in-chief Stellene Volandes's obsession with jewelry.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US