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Melania Trump and Laura Bush wade into debate over children separated from families at US-Mexico border

Melania Trump and Laura Bush wade into debate over children separated from families at US-Mexico borderMelania Trump waded into a debate over children being separated from their families at the Mexico border, saying the United States should "govern with heart". In a rare intervention the first lady's spokeswoman said she wanted Republicans and Democrats to work together to achieve "successful immigration reform". Her comments were taken by some as an implicit criticism of her husband's recently introduced "zero tolerance" policy at the border. It was also possible she was backing the president's recent claim that Democrats in Congress were responsible for the situation. Her remarks were followed by a strong statement from former first lady Laura Bush, who called the policy "cruel" and "immoral" and said "it breaks my heart." Children who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas Credit: AP More than 2,000 children have been removed from their parents over the last six weeks since Jeff Sessions, the US attorney general, introduced the new approach. Under the policy adults are being detained and prosecuted with their children taken away and sent to separate shelters. Previously, many illegal immigrants were allowed to remain at liberty while they awaited proceedings. A spokeswoman for the first lady said: "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. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws but also a country that governs with heart." A mural at a former Walmart where illegal immigrant boys are being held Credit: Reuters Mrs Trump, who immigrated to the United States legally from her native Slovenia, campaigns on behalf of children. The comments came amid a growing uproar over the detention of minors, including hundreds being held at a former Walmart superstore in Texas. Laura Bush was writing a guest column for The W

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