Jun 17, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Melania Trump takes on family separation border policy

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Stephanie Grisham, the spokesperson for First Lady Melania Trump, said in a statement to CNN's Kate Bennett that Trump "hates to see children separated from their families," referencing the Trump administration's current border policy.

"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."

Why it matters: That decision ultimately rests with her husband, President Trump. The practice of separating migrant families is due to the administration's decision to institute a "zero-tolerance" policy at the border. The mechanisms used to institute that policy are not law and could be changed at any time.

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