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Melania Trump expected to visit west Phoenix shelter for migrant children Thursday

Melania Trump expected to visit west Phoenix shelter for migrant children Thursday

The First Lady began visiting the centre after husband, President Donald Trump, came under fire for allegedly separating illegal immigrant parents from their children.

It was the first lady's second trip to a border state amid an ongoing outcry over her husband's now-suspended policy of separating migrant children from their families when they cross the border illegally.

"I want to thank you for all your hard work", she told border and immigration officials at a Customs and Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Arizona.

But the trip was overshadowed by a jacket the first lady wore to and from Texas that said on the back: "I really don't care, do U?".

ABC's Lauren Pearle and Justin Doom contributed reporting to this article.

Her first stop was the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Tucson.

The First Lady is touring immigration detention facilities in Arizona on Thursday.

A second visit could give her the opportunity to bounce back from the backlash surrounding her last trip - provided, of course, that a lot more consideration goes into her wardrobe this time around.

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Image: Melania Trump pictured wearing the Zara jacket.

The first lady's communications director Stephanie Grisham said Mrs. Trump was not trying to send a message with the jacket.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that while there had been no official change in the zero-tolerance policy, the reality was that the government does not have the ability to detain all of the families crossing the border illegally, the New York Times reported. Even before the president halted family separations, she posted a Twitter message indicating concern for children's well-being.

"She recognizes it's a complex issue", Grisham said.

Trump traded her black flats for white sneakers.

Southwest Key is a nonprofit that runs 26 immigrant shelter facilities for children across Texas, Arizona and California.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions joked about family separations during a speaking event in Los Angeles on Tuesday, just days after the Trump administration retreated from its policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the USA border. When she actually met the children, she asked straightforward questions like "where are you from?" rather than "how are you feeling?"

In a related development, more than a dozen states sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its separation of migrant children and parents at the US-Mexico border.


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