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'It breaks my heart': Laura Bush calls family separation at border 'cruel,' 'immoral'

Former first lady Laura Bush speaks Friday, June 23, 2017, during "Stand-To," a summit held by the George W. Bush Institute focused on veteran transition, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Former first lady Laura Bush speaks Friday, June 23, 2017, during "Stand-To," a summit held by the George W. Bush Institute focused on veteran transition, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(CNN/RNN) – Former first lady Laura Bush decried the separation of migrant children from their parents, a result of the Trump administration’s "zero-tolerance policy" for migrants who enter the United States illegally.

As more images and accounts have been released regarding detention facilities for migrant children, Bush penned a Washington Post opinion column on the issue, which ran Sunday night.

"I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart," she wrote.

The former first lady compared the facilities to the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, which she deemed "one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history."

In her column, Bush called on "good people at all levels of government" to stop the separation of families.

"Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation… We pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We pride ourselves on acceptance. 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," she wrote.

Bush’s column followed remarks Sunday from first lady Melania Trump, made through a statement released by her communications director.

"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 read. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

The zero-tolerance policy, which went into effect in May, "sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally," according to the Associated Press.

As a result of the policy, more adults have been jailed, which has in turn led to their children being separated from them.

President Donald Trump says he hates "the breakup of families" but has repeatedly falsely blamed Democrats for a law requiring it, the AP reports.

Multiple members of the Trump administration, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have defended the policy in recent days.

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