First lady Melania Trump makes surprise visit to US-Mexico border

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The surprise touchdown in Texas was "100 percent" the First Lady's idea, according to Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director.

Despite the president's order, Schey said he was concerned that several thousand children have already been separated from their parents "without the Trump administration having any effective procedures in place to reunite children with their parents, many of whom have already been deported".

Melania Trump's visit also came barely an hour before divided U.S. lawmakers were to begin voting on a pair of immigration bills in the House of Representatives, including one that directly addresses the family separation issue. The first lady signed it as well.

"She's seen the images".

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She thanked the workers for their compassion, and said that she was looking forward to seeing the children. "He is supportive of it but she told him 'I'm headed down to Texas, ' and he supported it", Grisham said.

First lady Melania Trump arrived in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday to visit a detention center for undocumented immigrant children.

"The images struck her, as a mother, as a human being", she said.

The delegation, whose members strongly opposed the policy, is calling for the immediate reunification of these families and for Congress to take action to ensure this doesn't happen again.

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The First Lady is scheduled to tour two law enforcement facilities in McAllen Texas - The Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center and a Customs and Border Patrol/DHS intake center.

Grisham said that the first lady had the full backing of her husband. She was told the children there, most of whom are between the ages of 12 and 17, are usually "distraught" when they first enter. He told reporters Thursday, Melania went to the border because she's been bothered by what's going on there.

Grisham released a statement last weekend saying the first lady "hates" to see children separated from their families and "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".

"She wants to see what's happening for herself and she wants to lend her support, executive order or not". She told children to "be kind and nice to each other" as she left for another classroom.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, revealed how he was shocked to learn that more than 200 children who were recently separated from their families at the southern border are now at an immigration foster care center in his own city - and nobody told him.

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