First Lady Melania Trump visits child detention center in McAllen
First Lady Melania Trump made a visit Thursday to the Upbring New Hope children’s center— a facility that houses unaccompanied minors.
The last-minute trip comes one day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end the separations of immigrant families detained at the U.S-Mexico border.
The first lady, who was accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, reportedly wanted to see for herself the living conditions of the children who have been affected by the ‘zero-tolerance’ policy.
“I'm here to learn about your facility and try to know how you house children on the long-term basis. And I also like to ask you how I can help these children to reconnect with their families as quickly as possible," Trump said.
While at Upbring New Hope in McAllen, the first lady toured the facility and met with doctors and caretakers to discuss the care and education that is provided to the migrant children.
““What we told Mrs. Trump today is that she can ask any questions, she can talk to any employees, she can talk to any of the children and, of course, she made herself available to that opportunity,” said Upbring New Hope CEO Kurt Senske.
The ‘zero tolerance’ policy has prompted the visits of advocates and political figures to the Rio Grande Valley.
Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing Stormy Daniels in the case against the president, made a stop in McAllen this week after announcing he is representing at least 50 undocumented mothers who have been separated from their children.
The first lady was also scheduled to tour a migrant processing center in McAllen, but that visit was canceled due to heavy flooding in the area.
She departed the Rio Grande Valley after just a couple of hours.