Melania Trump touring ICE detention facilities in Arizona

Aaron Brown
June 30, 2018

She arrived at Tucson, Ariz., where she will visit a Customs and Border Protection facility and participate in a roundtable discussion with Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and a local rancher. Around them were other cells with signs that said "Males", "Juveniles", "Families".

Agents said that children more frequently were apprehended unaccompanied at the border. When she actually met the children, she asked straightforward questions like "where are you from?" rather than "how are you feeling?" "She's advocating for quality care for these children under hard circumstances", Stephanie Grisham, Melania's communications director, explained.

It was the first lady's second visit to facilities housing migrant kids in two weeks.

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The first lady's communications director Stephanie Grisham said Mrs. Trump was not trying to send a message with the jacket. "She thinks that it's important that children stay with their families".

"There's a lot of parents in the border patrol that really care for the children", she emphasized.

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Many parents are in custody thousands of miles from their children, whom they have not been able to see and have rarely spoken to for a month or more.

The goal of her visit is to provide more information to President Trump so she can "encourage family reunification" as she urges Congress "to fix our broken immigration system", Grisham said. Her husband, U.S. President Donald Trump, undercut the no-message message by tweeting that the white letters meant that Mrs. Trump doesn't care about the "fake news" media.

In Arizona, she offered gratitude to the immigration officials, including those from ICE, which some Democrats have suggested should be abolished.

"I want to thank you for all the hard work that you do and I know how unsafe and difficult your daily jobs are, so I really appreciate all you do on the behalf of the country", she told officials at the Arizona facility. "Como estas?" the first lady said in Tucson, greeting the children.

This time, Melania Trump travels amid upheaval over her husband's hard-line approach to immigration and evidence of increasing urgency over how that's playing out. "Yes, it was her decision". "He is supportive of it, but she told him, 'I'm headed down to Texas, ' and he supported it".

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