Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Melania Trump arrives in Tucson, Arizona to visit Border Patrol center

Melania Trump arrives in Tucson, Arizona to visit Border Patrol center

On Thursday she wore a black sweater and white trousers as she boarded a government plane in Washington, with no visible writing on either garment.

Trump planned to hold a roundtable discussion with Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US Marshals Service officials, as well as a local rancher.

"I know how hard and unsafe your daily jobs are", the first lady added.

But Mr Trump undercut the no-message message by tweeting that his wife was saying she really does not care about the "fake news" media.

"She doesn't like to see parents and kids separated".

Melania's Arizona visit comes after her husband Trump signed an executive order to "keep families together" on June 20, amid the massive backlash over his administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

Almost 2,000 children were taken away from their parents in a six-week period in April and May under the new Trump administration policy, according to several media reports.

"The rhetoric we hear from the other side on the issue, as on many others, has become radicalized", Sessions said (via the Los Angeles Times).

Mrs. Trump says as she sits down with officials at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson that: "I'm here to support you and give my help, whatever I can", on "behalf of children and the families".

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"Hi! How are you?" the first lady asked.

A staffer at the facility said the children had been there, on average, 48 days.

"We're working with Congress, hopefully, to provide more resources and the ability to actually enforce the law", she said.

The legal situation for immigrant children has also changed, Grisham added, "and she's anxious to learn how they're implementing the new process".

The first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed to USA TODAY on Tuesday that Trump would be visiting facilities holding immigrant families suspected of illegally crossing into the United States.

"It's great to be here", Trump said to the group.

Either way, the choice overshadowed the trip to visit officials and migrant children detained at the border under the president's "zero tolerance" policy to prosecute illegal border-crossers.

Across the street from the Southwest Key center, several dozen protesters shouted alongside an inflatable depiction of the president wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe.

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