By JOHN BOWDEN
August 28, 2018
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton slammed the Trump administration Tuesday afternoon over its “zero tolerance” immigration policy, issuing a rare series of tweets aimed at President Trump without directly mentioning him.
In the messages, Clinton pointed out that more than 500 migrant children remain separated from their parents weeks after the administration missed a deadline to complete the reunification process.
“There’s a lot going on right now—understatement of the year. The separation of families and the failure of the administration to reunite them has been eclipsed in the news in recent days, but these tragic circumstances persist,” Clinton wrote.
“First, it’s been nearly five weeks since the deadline for the administration to reunite families they separated at the border, but 528 children are still waiting to see their parents again,” she continued, linking to a number of negative headlines about the crisis.
Among the stories were a Washington Post op-ed accusing the Trump administration of deporting Mauritanian immigrants back to “modern-day slavery,” while another from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) showed the traumatizing effects of family separations on young children.
“We have to be better than this. Make sure your representatives continue to hear from you that families belong together, and give what you can to the efforts to reunite these children with their families,” she concluded.
The remarks are Clinton’s first on the issue since June, when the family separation crisis became a national issue and the Trump administration initially resisted calls to change the policy before the president signed an executive order halting the separations.
At the time, Clinton blasted the president for blaming the separations on Democrats, which she called an “outright lie.”
“This is not happening because of the ‘Democrats’ law,’ as the White House has claimed,” she said in June.
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