First Lady Pays Surprise Visit to Migrant Children at Texas Detention Shelter

More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents since the policy was implemented in early May.

The first lady landed in McAllen, Texas under a heavy downpour, her motorcade driving through deep water as it headed for the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, a federally-funded facility that houses around 60 children from Honduras and El Salvador, ages five to 17.

The new practice comes a day after Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that keeps far more families together at the border, a result of his policy, and pushes to detain families together for longer.

When asked what message the first lady's jacket meant to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket".

One leg of the trip - a visit to a border patrol processing center - was scrapped due to flooding.

The White House said the first lady's goal was to thank law enforcement and social services providers.

"He thinks that the way you protect the border is to put children in cages", she told reporters. Another told Trump they were learning how to celebrate the Fourth of July. But other parents have said they don't know where their children are and were struggling to get answers.

Melania Trump was unable to escape controversy on the trip.

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Defending his wife's choice of jacket, Trump blamed the media, tweeting: "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" written on the back of Melania's jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. "Do U?" - a cryptic message that sent the internet ablaze.

The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady's typically bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe.

The House is set to vote Thursday on two immigration bills.

A hardline proposal was defeated, as expected.

Trump said he supports the legislation, but it is still unclear if the bills the House plan to vote on have enough votes to pass.

The House of Representatives planned to vote on Thursday on two Bills created to halt family separations and address a range of other immigration issues.

President Trump repeatedly, and falsely, blamed Democrats for the practice and said there was nothing he could do to end it. She absolutely wanted to come'. But now failure may come at a steeper price as Republicans - and Trump - raise expectations that the party in control of Congress and the White House can fix the nation's long-standing immigration problems. The decision to cease prosecutions of parents with children was made by the Department of Homeland Security for logistical purposes because the official said it would not be "feasible" to bring children to federal courtrooms while their parents go before a judge.

Mr Trump said his daughter Ivanka and Melania have strong views on the policy.

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