Former first lady Laura Bush tore into the Trump administration’s hard-line policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in a new op-ed, calling the practice “cruel” and comparing the unaccompanied minor detention centers to Japanese American internment camps.
“I live in a border state,” Bush wrote in the Washington Post. “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.”
Bush wrote that the child detention centers were “eerily reminiscent” of Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.
“Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation,” she wrote. “If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents — and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.”
Bush called for “good people at all levels of government” to address the problem.
“In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis?” she wrote. “I, for one, believe we can.”