First Lady Melania Trump, who has stated that she “hates” separating immigrant children from their families but understands why it needs to happen, took time away from her busy schedule to visit them in person this week. The visit seemed to go well, with children and the FLOTUS laughing, smiling and enjoying each other’s company at Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in Texas.
• Shortly after returning to the White House, Melania released a statement about her experience. “Spending time with [the children] reinforces the fact that these kids are in this situation as a direct result of adult actions,” she explained.
• Melania also believes the problem isn’t insurmountable. “It is my hope that Members of Congress will finally reach across the aisle and work together to solve this problem with common sense immigration reform that secures our borders and keeps families together.”
• During her visit, Melania learned that local officials are taking significant strides to keep children connected with their parents. This include the McAllen-located center’s six separated children and another 49 who crossed the border into the U.S. on their own. In both cases, children are allowed a telephone call to their parents at least twice per week.
• The children, who are mostly Guatemalan rather than Mexican, seemed happy to see Melania, greeting her with a hand-decorated flag. The FLOTUS signed the flag and left it with the children to commemorate her visit.
• She also spent time speaking with officials to ensure children’s needs for mental health, physical health, and education are being met. Leaders explained that children attend school five days a week and have regular access to doctors, nurses, and counselors.