Hillary Clinton: Fundamental rights are 'under assault like never before'

Hillary Clinton: Fundamental rights are 'under assault like never before'
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Former presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House protests extend into sixth day despite rain Clinton: US is 'losing friends and allies' under Trump Justice Dept releases surveillance applications for former Trump aide MORE on Friday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE for his "zero tolerance" policy that separated families at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that fundamental rights "are under assault like never before." 

Clinton made the statement while speaking during a special visit to Dublin. In a speech that ranged from topics such as democracy to Russia, Clinton said that the fight has just begun when it comes to addressing Trump's policies at the border, according to independent.ie.

"We are living through an era when fundamental rights, civic virtue, even facts and reason are under assault like never before. As we have been painfully reminded in my own country, the consequences are severe," Clinton said.

She added that "over the last few weeks, Americans from every political background, ideology and walk of life watched, heartbroken, as immigrant families were ripped apart, and immigrant children were treated cruelly as political pawns."

Clinton's comments came a few days after she initially slammed Trump for a policy that resulted in thousands of families being separated at the border. 

“Separating families is not mandated by law at all. That is an outright lie," she said. "It’s incumbent on all of us, journalists and citizens alike, to call it just that.”

Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to stop the practice of separating families at the border. But it remains unclear how or when the families that were divided will be reunited. Trump has maintained that the U.S. will have a "zero tolerance" policy for people that enter the country illegally. 

Clinton said that Trump's decision was a product of the pressure he faced from lawmakers and activists. 

"In fact, it was because of the outcry from every corner of our country that the Trump administration was finally forced to take a step to end family separation," she said. "Though the fight is far from over, and the children are not yet reunited with their families."