Melania Trump visits Phoenix shelter for migrant children

The President's tweet is the latest attempt to defend his now reversed policy of separating children from their parents by claiming it is similar to what Obama did when he was in power

"She's advocating for quality care for these children as they're in a hard situation", she said.

There were snacks for the kids and cell doors remained open, helping to alleviate the sense of enclosure.

Later in Phoenix, Trump visited Southwest Key Campbell children's facility. She got the chance to see the conditions of detained children at the border.

First lady Melania Trump made her second visit to the southern border region Thursday, aiming to display a more compassionate view toward separated immigrant families as President Donald Trump pushes ahead with his crackdown on illegal immigration.

Mrs. Trump visited three classrooms, including one day care room with nine babies or toddlers.

Melania Trump's fashion-model poise and heavily-accented English make her unique among first ladies in history.

A staffer at the facility said the children had been there, on average, 48 days.

Numerous protesters were still upset about Melania's jacket choice during her visit to Texas a week ago. When adult border crossers went to pretrial detention, their children were separated from their parents and sent to different facilities. But she also acknowledged that it hasn't always been as visible as it has been the last two weeks, as the family separation controversy exploded. Trump was then shown an example, a picture of a young boy in the desert holding a bottle of soda and a note to which she responded, "It's incredible that as young as 6 years old somebody would leave him".

This time, Mrs. Trump seemed averse to distractions as she attended a round table and toured an intake facility in Tucson.

Most families have yet to be reunited.

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Beginning last month, federal prosecutors began treating all border crossings outside a US port of entry as a criminal offense - even if the immigrants sought asylum.

This trip, made with the president's encouragement, was planned after the first lady was unable to visit a Department of Homeland Security facility last week because of flooding. Grisham said the first lady is trying to learn about how her husband's strict immigration policy is playing out on the ground.

Actress Jenna Ortega wore a white jacket daubed with the words "I do care and u should too" at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Friday.

Her spokeswoman said there was no hidden message intended, but President Donald Trump tweeted that it was a reference to the "fake news" media.

"It's hard to understand where are their parents, because of their age", the first lady said. of the children.

"I'm here to support you and give my help, whatever I can" on "behalf of children and the families", Mrs. Trump said as she sat down with officials at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Arizona, the first stop of her trip.

While last week's visit introduced Mrs. Trump to the housing conditions of children who arrived at the US border for other countries without a parent or guardian, this week's visit is reportedly the first time the first lady has seen a facility that receives children and families immediately after they are detained while trying to cross the border. Upon boarding her flight back to Washington, D.C., FLOTUS was photographed sporting a green jacket with graffiti-style writing on the back that read: "I really don't care, do u?"

"It's great to be here", Trump said to the group.

The do-over came a week after Mrs. Trump wore a jacket with a message on the back to and from the border town of McAllen, Texas that overshadowed her visit with officials and some migrant children.

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