The visit comes a week after Trump traveled to the border town of McAllen, Texas, to meet officials dealing with families detained and separated at the border. "Do u?" the first lady is also said to have pressured her husband to change his hardline approach after images of distressed children attracted negative attention from the USA and around the world. Many have yet to be reunited.
"Melania Trump is guilty, guilty, " they chanted before she arrived. After federal officials began separating families in May and sending kids to shelters while their parents awaited prosecution, the public reacted with outrage.
For her second trip to the border to visit the border since the family separation crisis, Melania Trump has gone back to basics.
The first lady's visit last week drew significant controversy regarding her choice of a jacket that included a graphic on her back reading, "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?". Her spokeswoman said it was simply "a jacket" with "no hidden message". But the first lady's husband, President Donald Trump, undercut the no-message message by tweeting that his wife was saying she really doesn't care about the "fake news" media.
Mrs. Trump toured a Customs and Border Patrol facility in Tucson and talked to representatives from the Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and a local rancher. Also Tuesday, 17 states sued the Trump administration to force it to reunite children and parents. Another classroom had five cribs lined up against a wall.
Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said 1,600 people, including 539 in families, tried to enter the United States illegally the day before.
"This facility is about two hours away from the actual US border, but is the first place individuals (parents and children together) are brought immediately after detention at the border", the first lady's communications director Stephanie Grisham said Thursday, according to a pool report.More news: FDA Approves First Marijuana-Derived Drug
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"This is a complex issue".
"Thank you for all your hard work that you do, and I know how risky and difficult your daily jobs are", Trump said at a briefing with border patrol and immigration enforcement officials and local ranchers.
In Phoenix, her motorcade swept past a protest of several dozen and a large, inflatable depiction of the president in a Ku Klux Klan robe. She added that the First Lady wants to also be updated on the legal situation for migrant children, since it has changed in recent days.
"She cares about children deeply and when the news started to hit I think she was very concerned and wanted to make sure the kids are being well taken-care of", Grisham said during the trip to Tucson.
"Migration is a human right".
Since April, more than 2,300 immigrant children have reportedly been separated from their parents after the Trump administration implemented a "zero tolerance" policy for illegal immigrants.