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Laura Bush: Border Enforcement ‘Reminiscent of Internment Camps’



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Former first lady Laura Bush published a hard hitting op-ed aimed at the Trump administration for the temporary separation of illegal immigrant families, claiming it is “reminiscent of Japanese American internment camps.”

The piece appeared in Sunday’s edition of the Washington Post, a newspaper known for its criticism of President Trump.

“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,” Bush wrote.

“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,” She added. “These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”

A growing number of opponents have voiced their concern over nearly 2,000 illegal immigrant children being detained and separated from their families, a problem that could be mitigated by closing off the border with a structure that prevents illegal crossings. President Trump has long proposed building a wall, but has been unsuccessful in garnering the funding from Congress.

Bush’s editorial, which did not offer any solutions or ideas on how to alleviate the problem of illegals flooding our border, ended with her calling for “a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis.”

A search on the Washington Post website did not return any results for Mrs. Bush calling for the end of separating illegal immigrant families during the Obama administration.

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