Trump Directs Administration To Reunite Children Separated From Parents

Frederick Owens
June 22, 2018

Grisham told reporters on the trip that the visit was the first lady's idea, and she planned the visit before the president signed his executive order.

It's not clear whether this jacket is a nod to those concerned that she is being too soft on immigration, or was simply a major wardrobe malfunction.

"Spending time with them reinforces the fact that these kids are in this situation as a direct result of adult actions", she said.

"So we're keeping families together, and this will solve that problem", said Trump.

After the flurry of comments, her director of communications, Stephanie Grisham, issued the statement: "It's a jacket". Officials in charge of children have said they are not routinely provided information about how family separations occur or where a minor's parents may be. The other children were placed there after they crossed into the USA alone. "She supports family reunification".

"It's extremely troubling that the president's executive order would require immigrant families with children to be detained indefinitely". To not separate the families, his administration released both children and parents trusting they would appear at the court hearing on their immigration cases. The words, "Welcome! First Lady" were written in black marker across the red and white bars.

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First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas. One outraged user borrowed an image of the back of the jacket to promote groups working on behalf of immigrant children.

Many critics have also highlighted the Trump family's obsession with their image, saying that it was highly unlikely the First Lady would have put on the coat without realizing the reaction it was likely to provoke. The children attend school five days a week and have access to a variety of activities. I sent a letter asking the United Nations to send observers to investigate the unconscionable separation of families at the border.

When asked by ABC News why she wore the jacket and whether she was trying to send a message, the first lady's spokeswoman replied: "It's just a jacket". "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message", Grisham said. "After today's important visit to Texas, I hope this isn't what the media is going to choose to focus on", she said. President Donald Trump twisted the media's attacks back on them.

Melania Trump made a surprise visit to Texas on Thursday to meet detained immigrant children at the USA border. But it wasn't long before the first lady's controversial jacket threatened to overshadow the entire goodwill junket to the border. One in five immigrant children detained under the zero-tolerance policy are younger than 13, according to Kaiser Health News.

Trump is defending his Wednesday executive order to end new family separations at the border, but says Congress needs to act to permanently fix the problem.

Grisham said any questions about her choice of jacket (it was raining heavily in McAllen when she arrived) are as inconsequential as the criticism on social media past year about the towering heels Trump wore to get on Air Force One when she traveled to Texas to see recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

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