Melania Trump visits another border facility, leaves controversial jacket at home

Melania Trump visits another border facility, leaves controversial jacket at home

Melania Trump visits another border facility, leaves controversial jacket at home

Later in the day, she visited Southwest Key Campbell in Phoenix, a Department of Health and Human Services-funded facility that houses immigrant children.

While her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said there was no "hidden message" behind the article of clothing and that #ItsJustAJacket, President Trump later tweeted that the coat "refers to the Fake News Media".

The 48-year-old mother of one and former model, herself an immigrant from Slovenia, played her choice of clothes safe on Thursday, dressing monochrome in white trousers and a black top.

The first lady's tour of the Arizona facility comes fresh off her visit to migrant children in Texas last week, during which she wore a controversial "I Really Don't Care, Do U?" jacket.

Myra Gutin, a professor at Rider University in New Jersey who studies first ladies, says that the aims of Trump's advocacy - and the extent to which they differ from her husband's - seem opaque.

The inappropriate clothing choice has sparked outrage and inspired other statement clothing, and is at odds with the first lady's insistence that she "hates to see children separated from their families". She later travelled to Phoenix, where she visited a complex that is housing dozens of migrant children separated from their parents.

Melania Trump just made it as clear as black and white. she's NOT about to get caught in another wardrobe firestorm en route to her second trip to the border.

More than 2,000 children have been taken away from their parents at the United States border with Mexico, under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

Trump stirred an global furor with a policy called "zero tolerance" that resulted in the government taking immigrant children from parents caught unlawfully crossing the US border with Mexico.

A staffer at the facility said the children had been there, on average, 48 days.

"She wasn't able to visit a DHS facility, and she wants to learn from the people on the front lines at the border", Grisham told reporters.

"We're not going to allow her to continue to humiliate our migrant communities", said Puente organizer Maria Castro in an interview.

Anticipating a trip to Phoenix, protesters also gathered outside the Southwest Key facility in the city's west side.

President Trump signed an executive order that halted the separation of migrant families last week. Federal officials were struggling to reunite children with their parents, some of whom were already deported. The order poses logistical problems for the administration, and it was unclear how it would meet the deadline.

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