Former President Bill Clinton has finally weighed in on the Trump policy of separating children at the border saying, “children should not be bargaining chips,” a call out to Trump’s obvious hostage situation to leverage funding for his border wall.
“Taking these kids away from their parents makes no sense,” Clinton said Thursday at an event for his new book in Chicago, according to CNN. “It’s wrong. It’s immoral. It’s not required by the law. And it’s not necessary to protect the border. It’s just wrong.”
Clinton’s remarks cap off a week during which American immigrants finally got the attention they deserve, at a point that was almost too late. Journalists began a quest to infiltrate any ICE facility they could and described a horror show intended to be hidden from the public eye.
“I not only want this to stop, I want them to go get these kids that have already been sent away and give them back to their parents and do it right now,” he said.
Clinton highlights the key problem with Trump’s executive order reversing his own policy, which was intended to “fix” the issue. But it does nothing for the families separated prior to the signing, a problem Trump seems in no rush to fix.
Earlier this week, Bill Clinton’s wife and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, spoke out against the policy prior to Trump’s executive order, saying at the time, “Separating families is not mandated by law at all. That is an outright lie.”
Almost more importantly, she became one of the first individuals to publicly come forward and call on citizens and journalists alike to stop soft balling Trump and call him what he is – a liar.
“It’s incumbent on all of us, journalists and citizens alike, to call it just that,” Clinton said.
To see what could have been next to what has come to be is appalling. Let’s vote to fix this in November.