Laura Bush: Border Separation Policy ‘Breaks My Heart’

First Lady Laura Bush speaks at the Opening Plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative 2006 at the Sheraton in New York City on September 20, 2006. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
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June 18, 2018 9:47 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Laura Bush says the policy of separating immigrant parents and children along the nation’s southern border is “cruel,” ”immoral” and “it breaks my heart.”

Bush was writing a guest column for The Washington Post Sunday and compared the policy to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

“I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel,” she wrote.

She said “the U.S. 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 said it was “eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II,” which she said are “now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”

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