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Melania Trump makes surprise visit to child detention center at border

Thursday 21/June/2018 - 08:14 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Melania Trump has made a surprise visit to the US-Mexico border a day after the president retreated on immigration policy and signed an executive order to end his policy of family separations amid enormous political pressure، as the Guardian said.
Donald Trump signs executive order to end family separations
The first lady was taking part in briefings and attending a tour of a “nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the United States illegally and a customs and border patrol processing center”، according to a statement from her office. Sitting at a table with officials at a center in McAllen، Texas، she said: “How can I help these families reunite with their children as quickly as possible?”
Thousands of children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks as a direct result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on unlawful border crossings. The authorities have been arresting، prosecuting and jailing adults while putting their children in separate detention camps.
“Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social services providers for their hard work، lend support and hear more on how the administration can build upon the already existing efforts to reunite children with their families،” the statement said.
Donald Trump has said the first lady and his eldest daughter and advisor، Ivanka، influenced his decision to sign the executive order.
“Ivanka feels very strongly. My wife feels very strongly about it. I feel very strongly about it. I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it،” Trump said signing the order. “We don’t like to see families separated. At the same time، we don’t want people coming into our country illegally.”
Melania Trump was joined by every living first lady in condemning the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from the border، though she lay responsibility on “both sides” as opposed to her husband.
“Mrs Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform،” Trump said in a statement from her spokeswoman hours before Lady Laura Bush published a scathing op-ed. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws، but also a country that governs with heart.”

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