Spokeswoman: Melania Trump ‘hates to see’ children separated from their families at borders

TOPSHOT - US First Lady Melania Trump visits Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters and attends a 2018 Hurricane Briefing in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2018. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — First lady Melania Trump is wading into the emotional controversy over policies enacted by her husband’s administration that have increased the number of migrant children being separated from their parents.

Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the first lady believes “we need to be a country that follows all laws,” but also one “that governs with heart.”

She says that 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.”

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero-tolerance” policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

President Donald Trump has tried to blame the practice on a law passed by Democrats that doesn’t exist.