Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

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On the wall was a handpainted American flag and the children signed it.

With the words, "Welcome!"

Melania Trump was welcomed by staff at the Upbring New Hope Children's Center as she made an unannounced visit Thursday to the facility that houses 58 unaccompanied migrant children.

The trip was meant to lend support to those children who remain separated from their parents, said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman.

"She wanted to see everything for herself", said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director. "I thank all of you for the heroic work you are doing", she said.

"I cant even imagine the pain that parents are feeling and the trauma the children are going through", Suarez told reporters.

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The first lady's demonstration of concern for the people affected by U.S. immigration enforcement draws a contrast - whether deliberate or not - with her husband, U.S. President Donald Trump, who often speaks derisively of those who enter the country illegally and regularly portrays them as threats to public safety. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar accompanied the first lady on the trip. They attend school five days a week and have a variety of activities. In a statement, the group's president, Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, S.C., criticized Trump's "shameful policies" that have "traumatized thousands of lives". He didn't know whether they would be reunited with their children immediately or whether they might be released altogether.

The "zero tolerance" policy, under which illegal border crossers were systematically prosecuted and their children separated from them as a result, was announced May 7.

"After the Cabinet meeting would be good", Trump said. Previously the President had insisted Congress needed to act to stop the practice, but then reversed that claim.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors' protest Thursday was announced earlier in the week and originally was meant to focus on reversing the family separation policy.

Mrs Trump's husband credited her and his daughter Ivanka for persuading him to end the separation of children from parents who had entered the United States illegally. "She wanted to see as close to what she had been seeing on TV".

Mrs. Trump boarded her flight to visit the U.S. -Mexico border, stepping out of her Secret Service auto in a neutral-clad, casual ensemble with sneakers and the parka which retailed for about $40 at Zara's. "We are all bothered by it".

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The first lady's spokesperson did issue a comment saying "It's a jacket". She supports family reunification.

Since becoming first lady, Trump has said she wants to champion helping children, yet has been for the most part vague about how exactly she intends to accomplish her goal.

Mrs. Trump was reportedly an influence in her husband's decision to sign executive action to keep families together during border processing. The official refused to be identified discussing Trump's private conversations with his wife.

Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry on June 19, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas.

"We have to have a very strong border", Trump said.

Mrs. Trump's plane landed in McAllen in a heavy downpour. "She is worthless", another commented.

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