LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to visit Texas detention center, condemn family separation

Lawrence Kim
June 21, 2018

First lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to a child immigrant detention center in Texas.

She shrugged off the idea that Melania Trump embarked on the trip in hopes of prodding the president to shift his policies. She may also visit a second facility later in the day where children housed in cages were seen by The Associated Press last week.

But they were denied access to the facility Thursday morning and it remains unclear how immigration officials will reunite the families, the mayors said.

She popped into a class where children were learning about angles and lines, and then an English Language Arts class where the kids were learning how to celebrate the Fourth of July.

New Hope staff reassured Mrs. Trump, who was accompanied by Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar, that the children are assessed for physical and mental health issues when they enter the facility and are often distraught.

The objective of the trip will be to condemn the separation of immigrant children from their parents when detained illegally crossing the US border, a policy that was halted when Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday.

'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'.

According to an administration official, of those 60, about six are children who have been recently separated from their parents.

The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, enacted by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early May, stated that everyone who tries to cross the southern border illegally would be criminally prosecuted, and that parents will be separated from their children as they await trial. She told her staff she wanted to go and we made that happen.

In signing the executive order he used to reverse the separation policy on Wednesday, Trump cited his daughter and his wife.

The former model's press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Melania decided to make the last-minute trip to witness the ongoing border crisis firsthand.

"She told him "I am headed down to Texas" and he was supportive".

"I cant even imagine the pain that parents are feeling and the trauma the children are going through", Suarez told reporters. Directors told the first lady that children there are ages 12 and older and that most had arrived at the border without their parents. "We don't like to see families separated", Trump said Wednesday, referring to his daughter Ivanka.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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