The office of First Lady Melania Trump released a statement on Sunday regarding President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant families from their children at the U.S.-Mexican border.
"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," the statement says. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."
NEW: Statement from @FLOTUS spokeswoman @StephGrisham45 to me regarding what’s happening to kids at our borders: https://t.co/fpsfHJSOTa— Kate Bennett (@Kate Bennett)1529256486.0
The statement echoes a Friday press release which blames Democrats for the policy.
This is Orwellian stuff. WH claiming in this email that family separations are policy of congressional Democrats. I… https://t.co/ua0TJ9Hd2f— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1529091756.0
Comedian Kathy Griffin the tore into the First Lady on Twitter for pushing the lie that "both sides" are responsible for the family separation policy. "You know damn well your husband can end this immediately," Griffin wrote.
Griffin then called "Melanie" Trump a "feckless complicit piece of sh*t."
Fuck you, Melanie. You know damn well your husband can end this immediately...you feckless complicit piece of shit. https://t.co/5NsoFgMuLr— Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1529257549.0
Yup. I stand by my tweet. The First Lady Melanie’s statement was disgraceful. https://t.co/K9s5S9DOMx— Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1529313755.0
In May, comedian Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" for having not done anything to convince the president to stop ripping families apart at the southern border. "He listens to you," Bee added.
Walter Schaub, Senior Director of ethics for Campaign Legal, defended Griffin's harsh language. The First Lady is "actively participating in deceiving the American people about the human rights violations her husband is committing," Schaub said.
Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that children of parents attempting to enter into the United States across our border with Mexico would be separated from their parents.
There is no law authorizing or requiring the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border.
The Trump administration created and has unilaterally enforced this policy, effectively weaponizing the border patrol in an attempt to curb illegal immigration, including those who are seeking asylum in the United States.
“If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law,” the attorney general said at an event in Scottsdale, Arizona. “If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.“
Sessions added that "we don’t want to separate families, but we don’t want families to come to the border illegally. This is just the way the world works.”
There were some harsh reactions on Twitter.
@mkeogh9975 The Trump administration sure doesn’t act decent . I don’t enjoy being lied to every day of the week, c… https://t.co/gSfxZSbCUL— john henderson (@john henderson)1529285169.0
@kathygriffin @FLOTUS’ statement in this situation is the equivalent of the GOP’s “thoughts & prayers” response to school shootings.— 🌊Peanut🌊 (@🌊Peanut🌊)1529316359.0
@KateBennett_DC @FLOTUS @StephGrisham45 Does she know how the government works? Seems someone could brief her. Her… https://t.co/rjb2b2nEkH— Andrew Post (@Andrew Post)1529258046.0