Melania Trump leaves controversial coat at home to visit detention facility
- Author: Jon Douglas Jun 30, 2018,
Jun 30, 2018, 1:15
First Lady Melania Trump flew to Tucson, Arizona Thursday to hold a roundtable at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility with local officials.
Melania Trump again visited the U.S. -Mexico border this week - cementing her place as the only member of the Trump family to travel to the region as her husband's administration grapples with fallout from its decision to detain children and families. She got the chance to see the conditions of detained children at the border.
The do-over came a week after Mrs. Trump wore a jacket with a message on the back to and from the border town of McAllen, Texas that overshadowed her visit with officials and some migrant children.
Sources have told Arizona's Family that she may tour a Southwest Key facility housing migrant children located near 27th and Campbell avenues in Phoenix. The court also prohibited, absent a waiver, the deportation of parents without their children, and it said that in the future children can only be separated from a parent if that parent poses a threat to the child.
The First Lady deboarded her plane in Tuscon, Ariz. on Thursday afternoon, exactly one week after she stepped off a plane in Texas wearing that now-infamous $39 Zara jacket with the words "I really don't care".
Mrs. Trump's spokesperson declined to immediately release details about her planned stops.
ABC's Lauren Pearle and Justin Doom contributed reporting to this article.
The first lady's spokeswoman said it was just a jacket, with no hidden message, but interest in her baffling fashion choice was a distraction.
During her visit to Tucson on Thursday, she said her interest in the roiling immigration issue centers on the children caught up in the system. "She's advocating for quality care for these children under hard circumstances", Stephanie Grisham told reporters.
The agency would continue to refer single adults for prosecution for illegally crossing the border, said the CBP chief, adding that border agents would also separate children from adults if the child was in danger or if the adult had a criminal record.
"I'm here to learn about your facility.to ask you how I can help these children be reunited with their families as quickly as possible", she said.
USA president Donald Trump has made an about-turn on a policy that was a step too far - even for a presidency that has probed the outer limits of civility - by signing an order to stop the separation of children from parents who enter the U.S. illegally.
But the states say his order is riddled with caveats and fails to reunite parents and children who have already been torn apart. "She recognizes that", Grisham told reporters, according to the White House press pool.