First lady makes surprise visit to child immigrant detention center in Texas

Donald Trump had come under pressure to stop the practice including from Republican allies and the first lady herself

Donald Trump had come under pressure to stop the practice including from Republican allies and the first lady herself

Trump's itinerary includes visits to two sites in McAllen, Tex. - a detention centre housing children separated from their parents and an intake facility for apprehended parents and children.

Mrs. Trump said she is eager to meet with the children at the facility as well.

Trump has not used fashion as a diplomatic tool almost as much as, say, Michelle Obama, but she has had moments where she's used something as simple as a dress color to show support of a country and its culture.

She also thanked the medical staff and social workers for their "hard work", "compassion" and "kindness".

She visited a one-story red brick building, which houses 55 children between the ages of 12 and 17.

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Melania Trump made a surprise trip to the US-Mexican border on Thursday, visiting a migrant children's shelter as her husband's administration seeks to quell a firestorm over family separations.

The US House of Representatives is due to vote on immigration reform bills today that would provide funding for President Donald Trump's border wall and address the issue of family separations. "We are all bothered by it".

A White House official followed up Wednesday, saying Mrs. Trump had been making her opinion known to the president that he needed to act to keep migrant families together.

She said: "Mrs Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform". She thinks that it's important that children stay with their families'.

In allowing journalists to accompany her, Melania Trump ensured that her meetings with immigrants would be well publicized.

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"This was 100 percent her idea".

First lady Melania Trump visits the Upbring New Hope Children Center, run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South, in McAllen, Texas, June 21, 2018.

"She wanted to see everything for herself".

Slovenian-born Mrs Trump's trip comes after her husband made a shock U-turn on the policy introduced six weeks ago after images of youngsters in cages sparked global outrage. "She wants to see a realistic view of what's happening". "He is supportive of it but she told him 'I'm headed down to Texas, ' and he supported it", Grisham said.

De Blasio told reporters the children at Harlem's Cayuga Centre included a nine-year-old Honduran boy sent to the centre 2,000 miles by bus after being detained at the border.

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"It's a jacket", FLOTUS spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said.

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