US military may house immigrant children

Nellie Chapman
June 24, 2018

First lady Melania Trump's unannounced visit to McAllen, Texas to visit immigrant children in a detention center was meant to send a message that she cares.

The images of Melania Trump sporting the olive green khaki jacket as she boarded a flight to Texas - which immediately went viral - surfaced as the White House struggles to calm global anger over the practice of splitting migrant children from their parents.

"'I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?' written on the back of Melania's jacket, refers to the Fake News Media".

President Trump signs executive order ending family separation policyThe trip was meant to lend support to those children who remain separated from their parents, said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman.

Not this time. Melania chose to display a statement in plain English on her body while representing the United States on an official trip in her official capacity as first lady.

First lady Melania Trump took a trip to the US-Mexico border on Thursday to tour an immigrant children's shelter, but her trip is getting attention not only for her action, but also for her wardrobe choice before and after the journey.

Like it or not, the jacket had her trending on Twitter. "It is my hope that Members of Congress will finally reach across the aisle and work together to solve this problem with common sense immigration reform that secures our borders and keeps families together". Meanwhile, Grisham tweeted annoyance at the media for even asking about the jacket. Trump tweeted. News of the first lady's surprise visit made a media splash on the heels of Trump's decision to end family separation with the power of the pen in an executive order.

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As the first lady was visiting Texas, Mr Trump said at a cabinet meeting that he was directing federal agencies to begin reuniting children and parents separated at the US-Mexico border, a first step to implementing his executive order. A decision to wear high-heeled pumps as she headed to visit Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston was met with a backlash, although she later changed into sneakers. The president had insisted incorrectly that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because children can not go to jail with adults who are being criminally prosecuted for crossing the border illegally. Staff said the children, who are mostly from Guatemala, typically spend between 42 and 45 days at the facility, which is operated by a Lutheran social services organization contracted by the government.

"We see them as if they were our own", said Roy De La Cerda, the program director.

Hours before Trump used his executive order to halt family separations, a White House official let it be known that Mrs. Trump had been voicing her opinion to the president for some time, including that he needed to help families stay together.

One of many around the country created to hold the nearly 2,300 children separated from their families.

Grisham told reporters that the first lady "wanted to see everything for herself...."

Grisham released a statement last weekend saying the first lady "hates" to see children separated from their families and "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".

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

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