‘A difficult situation’

Melania Trump makes 2nd trip to immigrant detention facility — this time, without her controversial jacket

U.S. first lady Melania Trump poses with local law enforcement officers as she prepares to depart Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport after touring a nearby immigration detention facility for children in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., June 28, 2018. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

Melania Trump visited a detention facility along the U.S. border for the second time in as many weeks on Thursday, as part of what her spokeswoman described as an effort “to learn and educate herself” about the impact of America’s immigration policy. The first lady visited the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Tucson, Arizona, where she reportedly conducted a roundtable briefing with local officials and ranchers. Following the discussion, Melania was also slated to visit the intake facility. Under the Trump Administration’s since-revoked “zero tolerance” policy, the intake facility would have been where parents were separated from their children.

The first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said that the controversy caused by the Trump administration’s decision to try to separate mothers from children as young as 1 year old had encouraged Melania to get a first-hand look at the way detention facilities process immigrants after they cross the southern border. The first lady, Grisham added, also wanted to understand the issues facing border patrol officers and to thank them for their efforts.

“She’s advocating for quality care for these children as they’re in a difficult situation,” said Grisham.

“She recognizes it’s a complex issue,” she continued. “She definitely believes in strong border laws. She wants to make sure the kids are well taken care of.”

Melania’s visit to Arizona follows a similar journey she made to a child detention facility in Texas last week. That visit, however, became mired in controversy after it was discovered that the first lady had traveled to and from the facility wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words: “I really don’t care. Do U?”

Watch video from Melania’s visit below.

Read the full story at CNN.

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