Former First Lady Laura Bush made headlines this week after publishing a scathing rebuke of President Trump’s zero tolerance illegal immigration policy. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about it in yesterday’s briefing and she did not mince words. In fact, Laura Bush would be rather devastated after seeing this truth bomb dropped on her.
Bush published the op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday and called the separation of families at the border “immoral” and “cruel.”
“I live in a border state,” Bush wrote. “I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel.”
“It is immoral,” she continued. “And it breaks my heart.”
“Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation,” Bush added. “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.”
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was also in attendance at the briefing to explain the policy:
“Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen argued during the daily briefing Monday that it was within the power of members of Congress to change the law if they didn’t like it, and it was only within the power of the executive to execute the laws Congress had already passed.
“’We will not apologize for enforcing the laws passed by Congress,’ Nielsen reiterated on social media. ‘We are a nation of laws.’
“’We are asking Congress to change the laws,’ she concluded.”
Congress please act so that we can secure our borders and uphold our humanitarian ideals. The two missions should not be pitted against each other. If we close the loopholes we can accomplish both.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) June 18, 2018
But it was Sarah Sanders who took on Laura Bush:
“Frankly, this law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under [Laura Bush’s] husband’s leadership, not under this administration,” Sanders responded.
“We’re not the ones responsible for creating this problem,” she added. “We’ve inherited it.”
“But we’re actually the first administration stepping up and trying to fix it,” she concluded.
Maybe Laura Bush should get her facts straight next time she publishes an op-ed.
You can watch the whole briefing in the video at the top of the article.