Melania Trump Heads Back to Border, Without Her Jacket Distraction This Time

Melania Trump Heads Back to Border, Without Her Jacket Distraction This Time

Kerry Wise
June 30, 2018

She was expected to visit centers Thursday housing migrants apprehended at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"She cares about children deeply and when the news started to hit, I think she was very concerned and wanted to make sure the kids are being well taken care of", spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said on the flight. The first was on the Friday evening following her trip to Texas, when she attended a Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) event in Virginia.

Reporters following the first lady on the tour heard her say, "How are you?" to a little boy who was being held, along with his mother, in a cell marked "Family Unit 8".

The visit is her second in a week to see the conditions where people, including children, are kept after entering the U.S. illegally.

A protest against the separation of children from immigrant parents is planned for Saturday in downtown Muskegon.

Melania Trump just made it as clear as black and white. she's NOT about to get caught in another wardrobe firestorm en route to her second trip to the border. "So this is something that our people encounter on a daily basis, is seeing children that are put in, and families, in very risky situations".

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Nielsen described a crisis on the southwest USA border, where she said illegal crossings exceed 50,000 people a month - "multiples over each month past year ".

Last Thursday, Trump spent about one hour meeting with staff and touring the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter in McAllen, a Department of Health and Human Services-assisted facility that houses and cares for unaccompanied minors who have entered the country illegally until they can be placed with family or volunteers. But she also believes in "governing with heart", Grisham said.

"Thank you for all your hard work that you do, and I know how unsafe and difficult your daily jobs are", Trump said at a briefing with border patrol and immigration enforcement officials and local ranchers.

Southwest Key is a nonprofit that runs 26 immigrant shelter facilities for children across Texas, Arizona and California.

Anticipating a possible trip to Phoenix, protesters also gathered outside a Southwest Key facility in the city's west side.

This would be Trump's second visit to the border since her husband, President Donald Trump, signed an executive order last week ending his administration's practice of separating families at the border. Federal officials were struggling to reunite children with their parents, some of whom were already deported.

Over the past two months, about 2,300 children have been separated from their parents in Trump's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal crossing of the Mexican border.