First lady Melania Trump is wading into the emotional controversy over policies enacted by her husband’s administration that have increased the number of migrant children being separated from their parents.
Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the first lady believes “we need to be a country that follows all laws,” but also one “that governs with heart.”
She says that 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.”
Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero-tolerance” policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.
Trump has tried to blame the practice on a law passed by Democrats that doesn’t exist.
In New Haven, meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is planning to join with immigrant families to protest the decision by federal authorities to separate children from their parents as families arrive at the nation’s southern border.
The Connecticut Democrat is calling for the end of what he called an inhumane practice being conducted as part of President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown.
Blumenthal is planning to join with immigrant families and advocates today to demand the federal government end the practice.
The event is planned for 9 a.m. at JUNTA for Progressive Action in New Haven.
As part of the process of separating children from their parents, the administration is using a tent-like shelter to house hundreds of the minors near the Tornillo port of entry in far West Texas.