Former First Lady Laura Bush penned an Op-Ed in the Washington Post criticizing the Trump Administration for their handling of minors crossing the border illegally. The Press Secretary takes her to task beautifully…
In Sunday’s edition of the Washington Post, Former First Lady Laura Bush published an Opinion piece saying that in 2018 ‘we can do better’ than housing illegal alien children in converted warehouses.
Here’s a brief excerpt:
Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the internment camps for U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; those who have been interned have been twice as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.
Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We pride ourselves on acceptance. 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.
People on all sides agree that our immigration system isn’t working, but the injustice of zero tolerance is not the answer. I moved away from Washington almost a decade ago, but I know there are good people at all levels of government who can do better to fix this.
Yeah, about that.
It’as all coming to a head now, but is this the wrong time to ask why there are housing facilities like this at all? Perhaps enforcing immigration law would reduce the number of illegal entries into the country in the first place, which would reduce the numbers of kids separated from their families — just sayin’.
And as was mentioned by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), this was happening under Barry’s admin and kept hidden.
But let’s not confuse things with facts.
Unless you’re the Press Secretary.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders takes Laura to Truthtown:
“Frankly, this law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under her husband’s leadership, not under this administration,” Sanders said at the White House press briefing on Monday.
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The law she was referring to was the Trafficking Victims Prevention Reauthorization Act signed by Bush in 2008, which Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said was in need of reform.
“This law encourages families to put children in the hands of smugglers to bring them alone on this dangerous trek northward,” Nielsen said during the White House press briefing. “And make no mistake, we’ve talked about this before — this trek is dangerous and deadly.”
In 2014, President Barack Obama’s administration also blamed the Bush-era law for the sudden influx of unaccompanied minors at the border.
This has been status quo for a decade and it’s only gaining traction now.
Why is that, I wonder?
“We’re not the ones responsible for creating this problem. We’ve inherited it,” she said. “But we’re actually the first administration stepping up and trying to fix it.”
Y’all made this mess and now President Trump is going to clean it up.
And that’s how it’s done, folks.
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