Some 500 children reunited with families since May

Marsha Scott
June 23, 2018

President Donald Trump first announced the trip by his wife, who was touring a non-profit social services center for migrant children, before heading to a customs and border patrol processing center, according to a statement from her office.

Melania Trump visited with migrant children Thursday during a brief stop at a Texas facility housing some of the youth separated from their parents as her husband's administration prosecutes adults who enter the US illegally from Mexico.

The first lady, whose pressure was a factor in Trump's decision to sign an executive order on Wednesday keeping immigrant children together with their parents, left the White House quietly on Thursday morning and flew to Texas for the visit.

Grisham previously said in a statement to CNN on Sunday, June 17, that Melania "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". Critics of the policy said that separating children, including babies, from their parents is cruel and traumatising. Trump's executive order suggests the government intends to hold the families indefinitely by challenging a 1997 court ruling known as the Flores Settlement, which places a 20-day limit on how long children, alone or with their parents, can be detained.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday created to stop migrant family separations.

Sitting with officials at a center in McAllen, Texas, she said: 'How can I help these families reunite with their children as quickly as possible?'

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The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady's typically bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe.

"I'm glad I'm here and I'm looking forward to seeing the children", Melania said at a roundtable discussion with social workers and government officials.

A sweeping US House of Representatives immigration overhaul yesterday teetered on the brink of collapse as lawmakers struggled to move past an issue that has become politically fraught amid the dire images of families being separated at the border.

"She wanted to see everything for herself", Grisham said. She called on Congress to work together on immigration legislation that would benefit the children.

"It is still very early and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter", Brian Marriott, a spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department's Administration for Children and Families. "Separating kids is unacceptable - but indefinite imprisonment of families is still cruel & inhumane", posted Sen. A source close to Trump added: "This was the biggest communications fail I've seen out of this White House, and that's really saying something". Ivanka Trump thanked her father on Twitter for the executive order ending the policy he had instituted last month. In addition to the meetings with staff and children, Mrs. Trump also was briefed on the children's medical care by nursing staff.

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