First Lady Melania Trump visited immigration shelters in Arizona. She also conducted a roundtable discussion with the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner, border patrol agents, and other officials in the state.
This is the First Lady’s second trip to the border since the Trump administration receive overwhelming criticisms against its practice of separating immigrant children from their parents. More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents since the administration implemented its zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration.
Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the practice. Instead, the federal government will keep them together in immigration detention. Earlier this week, a California Judge ordered the federal government to stop the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mrs. Trump calls on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform
Mrs. Trump recognizes the complexity of the issue. She wants to make sure that the immigrant children are receiving proper care, according to her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham.
Grisham said the First Lady is “advocating for quality care for these children as they’re in a difficult situation.” She added that Mrs. Trump visited the immigrant facilities and held a roundtable briefing with officials in Arizona to learn about the issues at the border. The First Lady “definitely believes in strong border laws,” added Grisham.
Mrs. Trump spent time with immigrant children separated from their parents at the Southwest Key Campbell facility in Phoenix.
“Today’s visits were very informative. I want to thank law enforcement and care providers. It is important to meet with children and educate myself on the operations happening on the front lines of the border,” according to the First lady.
Additionally, Mrs. Trump thanked the hardworking people taking care of the children. She also encouraged the Congress to “act now and work together to pass a comprehensive immigration reform.”