Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

First lady Melania Trump visits migrant children at Texas detention center

First Lady Melania Trump participates in a round table discussion with doctors and social workers at the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter operated by Lutheran Social Services of the South and contracted with the Department of Health and Human Serv Melania Trump wears ‘I really don’t care’ jacket to meet detained child migrants
Ivan Hill | 22 June, 2018, 08:34

Hours later President Donald Trump chimed in and claimed that the jacket message refers to "fake news".

Mrs. Trump had personally lobbied her husband in recent days to put an end to the family separations and had multiple private conversations with him on the topic, a White House official said.

And yes, we know there are many more important questions Thursday than an outfit choice.

On Wednesday, the president signed an executive order created to end the family-separation policy.

President Trump had his own theory Thursday evening. "She wants to see what's happening for herself and she wants to lend her support". She shook hands with children and asked kids where they were from and how long they'd been there.

If neither of those options are possible, which is the case in about 10% of the unaccompanied children, then they are placed with vetted foster families or volunteers. "She told him "I am headed down to Texas" and he was supportive".

She visited a schoolroom at Upbring and chatted with about 20 young girls and boys who had school folders on their desks. "Nice to meet you", she said as she left one classroom.

North Korea to hand over United States troops remains ‘in next few days’
The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. "There's a first time for everything". But most don't believe Kim is serious about addressing the worldwide concerns about his country's nuclear weapons program.


Her first visit, according to the White House pool reporters traveling with the first lady, was to Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter and lasted about 75 minutes.

When asked what message the first lady's jacket meant to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket". "I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it", he said.

Runways and store shelves have been filled in recent years with T-shirts bearing several messages: "We should all be feminists" shirts at Dior, "I am an immigrant" at Prabal Gurung, "People are people", at Christian Siriano.

Trump's executive order suggests the government intends to hold the families indefinitely by challenging a 1997 court ruling known as the Flores Settlement, which places a 20-day limit on how long children, alone or with their parents, can be detained.

Justice Department lawyers had been working to find a legal workaround for a previous class-action settlement that set policies for the treatment and release of unaccompanied children who are caught at the border.

In addition, Trump's order would keep families together but in custody indefinitely while parents are prosecuted for entering the country illegally - a move that could lead to new legal battles for the administration.

World leaders, senior Democrats and Republicans, the United Nations and religious leaders have united to speak out against the damaging policy.

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