Melania Trump makes surprise visit to border facilities

Danny Woods
June 21, 2018

During the visit, the First Lady asked the managers of the facility if the children were well cared for, educated, and had access to communicate with their parents or adult family members. She also asked what the children's physical and mental states generally are when they arrive.

Third-graders welcomed the first lady with a large paper American flag they'd signed taped to a wall.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was directing federal agencies to begin reuniting children and parents who had been separated at the U.S. -Mexico border after entering the country illegally, a first step to implementing his executive order reversing a policy that had drawn global condemnation.

A person familiar with the situation who did not want to be identified said he could clearly see lettering on the front of Trump's jacket that matches that of the Zara jacket seen in the blogger's images. She told children to "be kind and nice to each other" as she left for another classroom. Melania Trump touched down in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday, June 21, in an unannounced trip to the border area to meet with immigrant children who have been separated from their families. Before Melania boarded her plane to an epicenter of the US immigration crisis, she chose to put on a jacket that reads, in enormous letters: "I really don't care, do u?"

"She wants to see what's happening for herself and she wants to lend her support, executive order or not", Grisham said.

Lawyers filed a memorandum to a settlement in California that governs how children are handled when they are caught crossing the US border illegally. "We don't like to see families separated", Trump said.

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"As with a many topics she will continue to give her husband her opinions", Grisham said.

The first lady landed in McAllen, Texas under a heavy downpour, her motorcade driving through deep water as it headed for the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, a federally-funded facility that houses around 60 children from Honduras and El Salvador, ages five to 17.

Trump, speaking at a Cabinet meeting, said that his wife was "down at the border, '" and Grisham said that the first lady had the full backing of her husband.

Like most of the country, the first lady has been watching media reports about children taken from their parents and placed in holding facilities.

The pair of statements from the first lady amounted to an unusual public intervention by Mrs. Trump into a policy debate.

President Trump commended Melania for making the trip.

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