Rarely enough does the First Lady of the United States of America, Mrs Melania Trump wades into the political arena, but in a surprise, she recently made a political plea to end the deeply controversial practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border under the ‘zero-tolerance’ border security policy.
US President Donald Trump led administration had recently implemented the controversial practice of “zero-tolerance” border security policy under which, the families of migrants were separated at the US-Mexico border. The border policy came into effect from May, was implemented to maximise criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the US, illegally. After the implementation of the policy, more number of adults were jailed, henceforth separating them from their children. In fact, nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over just 6 weeks in April and May this year – as per the government statistics.
While the deeply controversial practice is still undergoing, Trump’s wife, the First Lady – Melania Trump had issued a rare political statement expressing that she “hates” to see families separated at the border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform the nation’s immigration laws. Although Mrs Trump avoided specifically referring to the “no tolerance” policy, she had made a clear stand to end the controversial practice of separating immigrant parents and children at the US-Mexico border. She had also said that the US “needs to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”
Fuelled by Melania Trump’s rare political plea on Friday, Democratic lawmakers vowed to end the “evil” practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the border. It is well-known that immigration has remained one of the most divisive hot-button crises that has often plagued the Trump administration. The official figure of number of children separated at the border had only stoked the firestorm, yet, the administration is struggling to craft a viable immigration plan. For the US, it is only going to work if the Democrats and the Republicans get together to work something out for the border security and safety instead of waiting till the next elections, and certainly end the “zero-tolerance” border security policy at the US-Mexico international border.