"Immigration is the fault- and all of the problems that we're having, because we can not get them to sign legislation, we can not get them even to the negotiating table, and I say it's very strongly the Democrats' fault", he said. Eleanor Roosevelt actually contradicted her husband on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and on European refugees during the same war.
Michelle Obama tweeted the article, writing, "Sometimes truth transcends party".
"Every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged", Clinton said.
The families were all separated so the parents could be criminally prosecuted, said a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, who declined to be named, on a call with Reuters.
Politicians and religious groups are among those to have criticised the "inhumane" policy, and the first lady - who last week returned to the public eye for the first time in nearly a month - has admitted she has found it hard to watch the events unfold. Bush also compared the current administration's warehousing of immigrants in detention facilities to the internment camps in the USA during World War II.
Five suspected immigrants were killed attempting to outrun border patrol officers in Texas on Sunday. "That's traumatizing to the children who are innocent victims, and it is contrary to our values in this country". Children are not detained with their parents when those parents are facing a criminal charge, as per USA protocol.
Video footage released by the government showed migrant children held in wire cages, sitting on concrete floors.
Under the White House's policy, roughly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southwest border illegally in the past six weeks.
"Now as we watch with broken hearts, that's exactly what's happening", she said.
"What the administration has made a decision to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you", she said.
She added that "the test of any nation is how we treat the most vulnerable among us".
Trump urged the Democrats to help changing the laws. The audience was an invited a group of federal, state and local law enforcement as well as local police academy cadets.
Melania Trump's spokeswoman issued a statement after several days of images of crying children appearing on television and online saying that the first lady "hates to see children separated from their families", and the president said on Friday: "I hate the children being taken away" before blaming those actions on Democrats and "their law". That policy says that any adult who enters the US illegally is to be prosecuted criminally.
"We're stuck with these awful laws".
"Those who selectively use the Bible to justify this cruelty are ignoring a central tenet of Christianity", she said. Adults who do cross the border illegally will still be detained but be kept with their children in the same facility until their case is adjudicated.