Melania Trump makes second border visit to see migrant children

The images included rows of young children sleeping inside a caged holding cell with foil bed sheets under the glare of bright lights inside a warehouse-style building

"I'm here to support you and give my help, whatever I can" on "behalf of children and the families", Mrs Trump said as she sat down with officials at a US Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Arizona.

The first lady hit the road again Thursday to visit another immigration camp, but this time, she didn't wear a controversial jacket.

It was the first lady's second trip to a border state amid an ongoing outcry over President Donald Trump's now-suspended policy of separating migrant children from their families when they cross the border illegally.

More than 2,000 children have been taken away from their parents at the U.S. border with Mexico, under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

As the press pool was leaving, she could be heard talking about the experience of children separated from their parents: "It's hard to understand where are their parents because of their age".

During that trip, she made the astonishing fashion choice to travel in a jacket that said, "I really don't care, do u?" on the back.

ABC's Lauren Pearle and Justin Doom contributed reporting to this article.




On Thursday, the first lady set off from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for Arizona wearing a black shirt and white trousers, which she paired with black flats.

"If this is an issue of importance to the first lady, the field is vast for engagement and follow-up and her voice", she said.

"We've really prevented instances of human trafficking where someone show up claiming to be a family unit and then we find out that the children are in no way", he said, "not even a close relation to the adult in custody". Her staff says she has good intentions, but that message was muddied last week when she visited the border in Texas.

McAleenan said the zero tolerance policy was still in effect, but immigrant parents can't be criminally prosecuted in the meantime because Trump halted the separation of families.

Southwest Key is a nonprofit that runs 26 immigrant shelter facilities for children across Texas, Arizona and California.

Protesters denounced Washington's immigration policy and separation practices at the US-Mexico border and chanted "Shame on Sessions" and "reunite", while others waved signs that bore slogans such as "Stop caging families" and "Stop separating families".

Jeff Sessions is not the only Trump administration official to come under fire for the policy separating immigrant children from their parents.

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