Melania Trump Visits Texas Shelter For Undocumented Children

U.S. first lady Melania Trump speaks at a roundtable meeting as she visits the Lutheran Social Services of the South "Upbring New Hope Children's Center" near the U.S. -Mexico border in McAllen Texas, U.S., June 21, 2018.

The House of Representatives will vote on a Republican immigration bill aimed at halting the taking of immigrant children from parents being detained for illegally entering the US. "We have therefore requested the federal government to immediately refrain from using American for the objective of transporting children who have been separated from their families due to the current immigration policy".

When the crisis of family separations erupted at the border, Republican leaders revised the bill to bolster a provision requiring parents and children to be held together in custody.

The request comes a day after President Donald Trump signed an order stopping the practice that has resulted in the separation of more than 2,300 children from their families.

"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", Grisham said in a statement.

The first lady said she wanted to lend her support to the children, and asked staff to reunite them with their families as quickly as possible.

The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady's typically bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe.

There is "no way" the "catch and release" of deportable immigrants can stop under President Donald Trump's executive order to keep undocumented immigrant parents and children together, said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.

But King believes President Trump's executive order on Wednesday took much of the heat off of Republicans, even though the order allows the administration to continue separating families and does nothing to reunite the thousands already separated. "She wants to see a realistic view of what's happening".

From March to May this year, more than 50,000 people a month were apprehended for illegally crossing the border from Mexico. The event was reported as Trump ending family separations, but that is far from true.

"We're essentially hiding behind the system and gridlock and using it as an excuse to dehumanize people and literally tear apart parents and children", he said.

Mrs. Trump, whose focus is on children, may have helped encourage her husband to act. Mr. Trump commended DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday at the order's signing, saying she did a "great job" with her vigorous defense of the administration policy the past few weeks in the face of a nationwide outcry.

  • Rogelio Becker