Barack Obama has weighed in on the ongoing US–Mexico border crisis in which thousands of kids have been separated from their parents. In a Facebook post shared on Wednesday, the former president began, "Today is World Refugee Day."
He then urged Americans to be empathetic to the undocumented border-crossers. "If you've been fortunate enough to have been born in America, imagine for a moment if circumstance had placed you somewhere else."
Obama also asked anyone reading the post: "Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?"
He also reminded those in America that everyone's family had once traversed land and ocean to get to this country.
He then asked citizens and lawmakers to carry these ideals out "through our policies, our laws, our actions, and our votes."
Dan Pfeiffer, who's one of Obama's former senior advisers, explain why — up until now — he believed the former president had not openly addressed the border crisis.
"He always wants to weigh in at the moment he can be most effective to what is the longer, larger strategic goal here," said Pfeiffer.
He said if Obama thought his speaking out would "make an actual difference in reuniting these children with their parents, he would absolutely do it."
"If it was just for the purpose of just making himself better, or making his supporters feel better with no actual impact, then it wouldn't make sense," Pfeiffer added.