First lady Melania Trump visits child detention center in Texas

Bessie Dean
June 22, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump wore the khaki green jacket while disembarking from a plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, en-route to an immigration children detention facility in Texas.

According to a statement from the first lady's spokesperson Stephanie Grisham, there's "no hidden message" behind Trump's wardrobe choice. "There's no message. I hope we can talk about her important visit with children today rather than her wardrobe choice".

Melania Trump's trip to the border came one day after the president bowed to public pressure and halted his administration's policy of separating families who illegally cross the border.

That practice has resulted in the separations of thousands of children and families.

Melania Trump traveled to a border facility in Texas today where children are being kept.

First lady Melania Trump with artwork of an American flag while visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center in McAllen, Texas, June 21, 2018. In cases where children don't have a home to go to, legal services will assess and they may be given refugee status. "Be kind and nice to each other, OK", she said as she left one classroom at Upbring New Hope Children's Center and headed for another. Her fashion choice carried a baffling counter-message.

Trump reversed his tough stance on separating families after days of outrage over the policy from at home and overseas.

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She asked many questions, seeking assurances that they are being properly cared for.

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi said her caucus was opposed to both bills, and it was unclear if there was sufficient Republican support for the compromise measure.

Trump's spokeswoman denied that the jacket had any special significance.

During her visit to the Upbringing New Hope Children's Shelter, Melania said 'I'm looking forward to meeting the children'.

Although it's unlikely that Trump was sending a deliberate message with her wardrobe choice, the optics are still awful, especially after weeks of the president passing the buck to Democrats to pass legislation ending his own policy.

Six of them were separated from their parents upon crossing the border, authorities told reporters. It is holding 55 of the thousands of children under US government supervision. "I also like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible". The first lady signed it as well.

After the White House announced its "zero-tolerance" policy in April, over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents.

She visited Thursday morning at McAllen, Texas, where she thanked doctors and medical staff for their work at the border.

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