The former presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton slammed the Trump administration’s practice of separating immigrant parents and children as “horrific.”
She called the Trump’s insistence that Democrats are somehow to blame for his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy an outright lie and the practice of separating parents and children “horrific.”
“This is a moral and humanitarian crisis,” Clinton said. “Every one of us who’s ever been a parent or a grandparent, an aunt, a big sister, any one of us who’s ever held a child in our arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged.”
She made the remarks while speaking at an awards lunch for the Women’s Forum of New York on Monday.
The Trump administration recently implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy that includes separating children from their parents as they try to enter the United States seeking asylum at the US border, in what some say is an attempt to deter other potential migrants. The policy has sent shock waves around the country, igniting outrage on the part of immigration advocates, human rights groups, and citizens across the political spectrum.
Despite what this White House claims, separating families is not mandated by law. That is an outright lie, and it’s incumbent on all of us – journalists and citizens alike – to call it just that.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2018
Clinton also took a swipe at Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s recent ruling that will make it harder for victims of gang violence and women fleeing domestic violence to get asylum in the United States. “We have an urgent imperative to stand up for human rights of women and girls around the world and here at home,” Clinton said.
Clinton, a Methodist, slammed the administration’s religious defense of its practices. “Those who selectively use the Bible to justify this cruelty are ignoring a central tenet of Christianity,” she said. She added, “Jesus said, ‘Suffer the little children unto me’; he did not say, ‘Let the children suffer.’”
Hillary Clinton: "Those who selectively use the Bible to justify this cruelty are ignoring a central tenet of Christianity … [Jesus] did not say, 'Let the children suffer.'” – (corrects: tenet) pic.twitter.com/AQmL4g8901
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 18, 2018
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 17, 2018