Former first lady, Laura Bush, hasn’t engaged much in politics since leaving the White House in 2009. However, the separation of children from their parents under the zero tolerance policy is stirring anger throughout the entire country. Now, Bush is weighing in on the growing crisis, too.
On Sunday, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by Bush, entitled, “Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart.’
It was fittingly published on Father’s Day, which Bush says s a day to “honor fathers and the bonds of family.” However, while countless Americans celebrated their families, thousands of children and parents are being torn apart thanks to the zero tolerance policy.
As Bush writes, “In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care.”
These children do not enter the United States alone. They come with their parents, who receive criminal charges for illegal crossing of the border. And while border protection is something the former first lady values, she believes this policy has simply gone too far.
“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.”
She goes on to heavily criticize the current government, writing “Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in covered box stores or making place to place the in tent cities in the desert outside El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been on of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”
Will this zero-tolerance policy and the resulting child-parent separation become another shameful episode to stain American history?