First Lady Melania Trump Visits Child Detention Center in McAllen, Texas

2,342 children were separated from their parents at US-Mexico border between 5 May and 9 June

2,342 children were separated from their parents at US-Mexico border between 5 May and 9 June

The first lady's first stop was to the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter in McAllen, which is a Health and Human Services grantee facility now housing around 60 children.

The surprise touchdown in Texas was "100 percent" the First Lady's idea, according to Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director.

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

During the visit, the First Lady asked the managers of the facility if the children were well cared for, educated, and had access to communicate with their parents or adult family members.

President Trump supported the trip but did not send his wife on his behalf, Grisham said.

In the executive order he signed on Wednesday, Trump declared it is his administration's policy to "maintain family unity", including by detaining entire families together "where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources".

"She wanted to see everything for herself". "She told him, 'I'm headed down to Texas, '" Grisham said.

In a statement issued on the organization's website Wednesday afternoon, conference President Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, said, "President Trump signed an executive order that will put an end to the separation of families at the border".

"She's seen the images". The first lady, whose stylish outfits tend to draw more attention than her actions, seemingly made a conscious decision to wear a subtle look for the trip.

She first asked how many children were in the shelter and how often they were allowed to speak to their families.

She will meet with doctors, social workers and those providing medical and educational services to some of the 2,300 children split from their families on the US-Mexico border.

"She wants to see what's happening for herself and she wants to lend her support, executive order or not". In May, Trump unveiled her "Be Best" platform, which outlined three predominant avenues of focus: health and well being; kindness and safety online; and highlighting the effects of the opioid crisis on children and families. She told children to "be kind and nice to each other" as she left for another classroom. "We don't like to see families separated", Trump said.

On Thursday, she had "boots on the ground" in Texas. She told her staff she wanted to go and we made that happen.

Since becoming first lady, Trump has said she wants to champion helping children, yet has been for the most part vague about how exactly she intends to accomplish her goal.

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