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Melania Trump Visits US-Mexico Border Again

Melania Trump Visits US-Mexico Border Again
First lady Melania Trump arrives at Davis Monthan Air Force Base en route to a U.S. Customs border and protection facility in Tucson, Ariz. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Thursday, 28 June 2018 02:01 PM

First Lady Melania Trump visited the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday for the second time in as many weeks in a show of concern for migrant children as President Donald Trump attempts to crack down on unlawful border crossings.

Her first stop was a Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Tucson, Arizona, where immigrants apprehended after illegally crossing into the country are held. She tried to visit a similar center in McAllen, Texas, last week but was unable to go because of flooding.

“Thank you for all your hard work that you do, and I know how dangerous and difficult your daily jobs are,” Trump said at a briefing with border patrol and immigration enforcement officials and local ranchers.

The first lady faced criticism during her last trip for wearing a jacket with stenciling on the back that read “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” while boarding her plane in Washington and deplaning upon her return to the capital. On Thursday she wore a black sweater and white pants as she boarded a government plane in Washington, with no visible writing on either garment.

Trump stirred an international furor with a policy called “zero tolerance” that resulted in the government taking immigrant children from parents caught unlawfully crossing the U.S. border with Mexico. He reversed the policy last week with an executive order to halt family separations, followed by an order to immigration agencies and the Health and Human Services Department, which supervises detention of immigrant children, to reunify the families.

Amid the backlash against the policy, the first lady offered public expressions of sympathy for immigrant children. Even before the president halted family separations, she posted a Twitter message indicating concern for children’s well-being.

But her trips to the border also help the White House rebound from a public relations disaster over the “zero-tolerance” policy, which has drawn criticism from members of Congress in both parties.

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First Lady Melania Trump visited the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday for the second time in as many weeks in a show of concern for migrant children as President Donald Trump attempts to crack down on unlawful border crossings.
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