US President Donald Trump backed down on Wednesday on an immigration policy that sparked outrage at home and overseas, signing an executive order to end the separation of children from their parents when immigrant families are caught crossing the US-Mexico border illegally.
The trip to the border was "100% her idea", spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said, adding that Melania "wanted to see everything for herself" and that her husband supported the trip.
In doing so, she becomes the first Trump family member to personally witness the situation that has captured the country's attention over the past several weeks.
Melania made the surprise visit to the US-Mexico border today, taking part in a tour of a "nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the United States illegally and a customs and border patrol processing center", according to an official statement from her office.
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Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan says he was "pleased" President Donald Trump ordered an end to separating children from parents at the US border.
However, some critics say the executive order isn't enough.
"Oh, that's great. That's three of them, they already reunited", Trump said.
"As a mother, a grandmother, and as a psychiatric social worker, I am most concerned for the physical and mental well-being of children separated from their parents at their most vulnerable time", Lee continued.
The Trump administration's policy that effectively separated families crossing the USA border has held up a big, glaring mirror to America's moral character.
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In April, Attorney-General Jeff Sessions adopted a "zero tolerance " approach to illegal border crossings at the US-Mexico border. USA protocol prohibits children being detained because while with their parents are charged with a crime their children are not.
The Trump administration has suspended criminal prosecutions for migrant parents caught illegally crossing the US-Mexico border with their children, a senior US official told the Washington Post. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart". "We do want people going across our border, going through our points of entry, but we want people to come in through merit. not just through luck or happen stance". She spoke to many individually through a translator, and as she walked out she told them: "Be kind and nice to each other, OK?"
"Because here we're not taking those parents into federal marshals", she says.
This week, President Trump signed an executive order reversing the policy after days of double talk from administration officials and the President himself.
The order aims to keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases, and ask the Department of Defence to help house families.
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