Melania Trump to visit another immigrant detention center

Melania Trump to visit another immigrant detention center
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpCapitol physician advises lawmakers against attending dinners, receptions during COVID-19 spike White House moves forward with holiday parties during pandemic The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Biden unveils batch of his White House team MORE is expected to make another visit to immigrant holding facilities later this week, her spokeswoman confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday.

Stephanie Grisham, director of communications for the first lady, did not provide additional details on the date or location of Trump's visit. It would mark the second consecutive week in which the first lady traveled to facilities being used to house immigrants.

Trump last week made a surprise trip to a McAllen, Texas, facility that is holding migrant children who were separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy.


Her visit came one day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE signed an executive order to halt family separations. That decision followed days of overwhelming backlash, which included a statement from the first lady saying she “hates” to see children separated from their families. 

While in Texas, Melania Trump asked officials about the conditions kids were living in, how often they talked to their parents, and how she could help reunite the children with their families. 

Grisham told reporters that last week’s visit was “100 percent” the first lady’s idea. 

“She wants to see what’s happening for herself and she wants to lend her support, executive order or not,” she said. 

Trump’s visit was overshadowed by controversy, as the first lady boarded her plane to Texas wearing a jacket that had “I really don’t care. Do U?” painted on the back. Grisham said there was no hidden message in the jacket. 

The president took to Twitter to claim the wardrobe choice was meant as a barb at the media.

Since last week's visit, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has said it has located each of the more than 2,000 children in the government's custody as a result of the zero tolerance policy. It has not given a timeline for when they might be reunited with their families.