Melania Trump makes second border visit to see migrant children

30 June 2018, 01:17 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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Under Obama if children crossed the border with their parents they were only separated if officials suspected the adult of human trafficking smuggling posing a national security risk or when their parenthood could not be verified

During her visit to an immigration facility in Arizona, Thursday, First Lady Melania Trump said it was "incredible" and "very sad" that young children are found at the border without their families-but did not address the Trump administration's policy that causes families to be separated.

The First Lady is touring immigration detention facilities in Arizona on Thursday.

"I know how risky and hard your daily jobs are so I really appreciate all you do on the behalf of the country", she said to the participants at the start.

Mrs. Trump's office said in a statement that the jacket was in no way intended as symbolic or sending a message, but that claim was immediately undermined by a tweet from President Trump who reacted to the mounting criticism with a tweet. Her spokeswoman said it was simply "a jacket" with "no hidden message".

Melania Trump is headed back to Texas - and it's safe to guess which item won't make it on her packing list this time.

She landed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson around 1 p.m in the same look - however, she traded her slip-on shoes for white sneakers before heading to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility holding undocumented immigrant families suspected of crossing the border illegally.

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"We're working with Congress, hopefully, to provide more resources and the ability to actually enforce the law", she said. Melania Trump donned sneakers, white trousers and a black sweater.

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.

Maria Castro, a community organizer with Puente Arizona, an advocacy group, said Mrs. Trump was not welcome in Phoenix and accused the first lady of having made a mockery of the situation with her jacket last week.

The trip out west marks the first lady's second visit to a border state since her husband, President Donald Trump, signed an executive order last week ending his administration's practice of separating families at the border.

They were placed in government-contracted shelters, some of them hundreds of miles from where their parents were being held.

But the states say his order is riddled with caveats and fails to reunite parents and children who have already been torn apart.

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