Press Secretary Sarah Sanders fired both barrels at former first lady Laura Bush during Monday’s White House press briefing.
Sanders was asked about an op-ed Bush wrote for the far-left Washington Post, where she compared the necessary and moral separation of migrant children from their illegal alien parents to the Japanese American internment camps built by Democrat president and icon Franklin Roosevelt.
Sanders held nothing back in pointing out Bush’s hypocrisy.
“Once again it is Congress’s job to change the law. We’re calling on them to do exactly that,” Sanders said.
“And, frankly, this law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under her husband’s leadership, not under this administration,” she added. “We’re not the one’s responsible for creating this problem; we’ve inherited it. But we’re actually the first administration stepping up and trying to fix it.”
The 2008 law Sanders referenced is an anti-trafficking bill signed by former President George W. Bush in 2008 . The law requires unaccompanied minors to be transferred from immigration authorities to the Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours.
The law, which is called the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Action Act, has become a magnet that encourages illegal immigration, especially from Central America, because the law makes it illegal for American law enforcement to turn Central American children away at the border. Instead, we must bring them in and give them a full immigration hearing as a means to determine if they are in need of asylum.
The hitch is that this process can take years.
And so, once word got out in Central America that children are automatically allowed into America and then allowed to live here for years as their case grinds through the backlogged immigration courts, the flood of children began, the abuse of the problem began.
Sadly, this law also encourages human traffickers, smugglers, gang members, and drug dealers to abuse these children as a way to gain entry.