Melania Trump is visiting two Texas facilities housing some of the more than 2,300 migrant children sent by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally.
The first lady’s visit to Upbring New Hope Children’s Center on Thursday comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families. However, his policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers remains.
Mrs. Trump, whose focus is on children, may have helped encourage her husband to act.
The first lady said earlier through her spokeswoman that she “hates” to see families separated at the border. A White House official followed up Wednesday, saying Mrs. Trump had been making her opinion known to the president that he needed to act to keep migrant families together.
I would like to ask how I can help reunite the children with their families "as quickly as possible" – @FLOTUS visits border detention facility in Texas in wake of US immigration crisis https://t.co/kondZt2qyf pic.twitter.com/zpbQXHfOqY
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 21, 2018
First Lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to a child detention center in Texas and asked how they are cared for when they arrived pic.twitter.com/DNi4I91FsY
— POLITICO (@politico) June 21, 2018
. @FLOTUS gets tour of kids' rooms, notes how tidy they keep them pic.twitter.com/E5m90zbp1A
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) June 21, 2018
.@FLOTUS First Lady Melania Trump landing at McAllen Airport in Texas #Immigration #KeepFamilesTogether pic.twitter.com/5Tvoz3xcPs
— Annie Rose Ramos (@AnnieRoseNews) June 21, 2018