First Lady Melania Trump Visits Child Detention Center in McAllen, Texas

On the border Melania Trump visits the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen Texas an unexpected visit the day after her husband ended the policy of family separation at the border

"She's seen the images".

The DOJ's request comes a day after President Donald Trump signed an order stopping the practice that has resulted in the separation of more than 2,300 children from their families. "So they're escaping some pretty horrific situations", said Kurt Senske, the CEO of Upbring.

Minors as young as 8 months old have already been sent to one of 100 shelters in 17 states. "We treat them like our own children".

Mrs. Trump spent time speaking with facility members and doctors employed by the shelter and observing the facilities before saying to the children, "Bye". Is she unclear about how they got there? She told facility directors that she wants to "ask you how I can help these children be reunited with their families as quickly as possible". "Nice to meet you", she told the first group.

The official emphasized the predominant mission at this stage of the process for unaccompanied children, is to place them back with appropriate sponsors. These are people. They may even be gang members, but they are people.

Mrs. Trump, whose focus as first lady is on child well-being, appears to have been among those pushing her husband to act.

The White House said only six of those kids were separated from their families at the border.

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Mr Trump, speaking at a Cabinet meeting, said that his wife was "down at the border", and Ms Grisham said that the first lady had the full backing of her husband. "We don't like to see families separated". Her staff did not announce the Texas trip in advance and required news organisations travelling with her to agree not to publish any information until she arrived. "She wanted to come down". First ladies are the embodiment of empathy.

The latter was ultimately the route Trump chose, in a stunning reversal of his previous rhetoric.

"It's a jacket", Grisham said.

The first lady's first stop was to the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter in McAllen, which is a Health and Human Services grantee facility now housing around 60 children.

It is unclear what, exactly, Trump intends to accomplish from this visit to Texas, outside of seeing firsthand what is happening today in America.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham said the detention facilities "are essentially summer camps", on her show on Monday, whereas former first lady Laura Bush said they were "eerily reminiscent" of World War II Japanese internment camps in a Washington Post column on Sunday.

The Department of Justice on Thursday asked a federal judge to change the rules governing the detention of immigrant families who enter the country illegally, seeking permission to detain children in the same facilities as their parents.



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