First Lady Melania Trump tends to shy away from political discourse, but has now weighed in on the emotionally charged debate about border separations.
Stephanie Grisham, the communications director for the First Lady, told CNN on Sunday that Mrs. Trump hopes there can be a bipartisan effort for immigration reform.
“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” Grisham said.
“She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”
There has been a heated debate about the policy that separates children from their parents who are detained. Supporters of the policy note that American children whose parents are jailed do not join them behind bars. There is also concerns from many that children who do not have proper documentation could be victims of human trafficking.
Critics of the policy believe that it is inhumane to separate the families, even if the parents are detained. They argue that children who are old enough are asked if the person that they are with is a parent or relative.
There are approximately 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents at the border.