Melania Trump Visits Texas Shelter For Undocumented Children

Caging immigrant children alongside their parents isn’t much of a solution

Despite Trump's executive order on ending family separations, there was no immediate plan in place to reunite the more than 2,300 children already separated from their families.

Mrs Trump, sitting with officials at a centre in McAllen, Texas, said: "How can I help these families reunite with their children as quickly as possible?"

Trump's order, an unusual reversal by him, moves parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings, but it does not end a 10-week-old "zero tolerance" policy that calls for prosecution of immigrants crossing the border illegally under the country's criminal entry statute.

The former model arrived in a casual outfit - an apt choice that included warm hues seen in her light safari top, white pants and white Adidas Stan Smith sneakers.

One leg of the trip - a visit to a border patrol processing center - was scrapped due to flooding.

The first lady commented in a written statement Thursday after she returned from touring the Upbring New Hope Children's Center in McAllen, Texas.

The text is inscribed in graffiti-like script on the back of the green parka, but what is she really trying to tell us? Another told Trump they were learning how to celebrate the Fourth of July. "This takes care of the problem", he said.

Melania Trump wears Stan Smith sneakers. "Do U?" - a cryptic message that sent the internet ablaze. The first lady signed it as well.

The House on Thursday defeated a conservative immigration measure and delayed until next week a final vote on a compromise immigration bill.

A hardline proposal was defeated, as expected.

And while Goodlatte says there's support for both pieces of legislation, he thinks the second bill has the prospect of getting the 218 votes needed.

The administration also has called for a permanent legislative fix but congressional Republicans said the House was likely to reject two immigration bills created to halt the practice of splitting up families and address a range of other immigration issues.

Trump has accused rival Democrats of causing the crisis at the border through inaction on illegal immigration - charging that his opponents put "illegal immigrants before they put American citizens".

The rejected bill would have curbed legal immigration and bolstered border security but would not have granted a pathway to citizenship to "Dreamers" who arrived in the country illegally as children.

Reports suggested that Melania Trump pressured the president to end the practice as outcry across the political spectrum grew over recent weeks.

The Justice Department asked a federal judge to change the rules regarding the detention of immigrant children, seeking permission to detain them for longer than the permitted 20 days in an effort to keep them together with their parents.

Mrs Trump sat alongside Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at a table at Upbring New Hope Children's Center and heard caregivers explain how the children are well treated.

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