Laura Bush slams Trump's ‘heartbreaking’ immigration policy

According to officials, over the past six weeks nearly 2,000 families have been separated at the border crossing.

FILE: Former First Lady of United States of America Laura Bush speaks at The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017 in New York City. Picture: AFP.

NEW YORK - Former US first lady Laura Bush has joined the growing outcry over President Donald Trump's immigration policy which is splitting up families who illegally enter the country at the Mexican border.

According to officials, over the past six weeks, nearly 2,000 families have been separated at the border crossing.

Writing in the _Washington Post _newspaper, Bush, wife of former president George W Bush, condemns Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy as heartbreaking, cruel and immoral.

The current first lady, Melania Trump, too expressed concern through her spokesperson, saying she hates to see children separated from their families.

The first ladies’ comments come amid growing alarm over the policy while on Monday UN human rights chief Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein called on the US to end what he terms its “unconscionable” strategy of forced separations.