A message-free Melania Trump made her way back to the southern border Thursday to visit immigration facilities.
Unlike her trip to Texas last week, the First Lady toned down the wardrobe drama with a simple, long-sleeved black shirt and white slacks as she arrived in Tucson, Ariz. Trump left her controversial coat and its cryptic “I really don’t care, do u?” statement at home.
She participated in a round table discussion with Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, U.S. Marshals and a local rancher, according to pool reports.The First Lady also planned to tour an intake center housing migrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border as well as an intelligence center.
“I’m here to support you and give my help, whatever I can,” on “behalf of children and the families,” Trump told the group of authorities.
The trip comes as President Trump fights to deal with swelling national outrage over his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. The approach has led to thousands of children being ripped from their families after entering the U.S.
The President signed an executive order last week allowing children to be detained with their parents, but exactly how officials will carry out the directive remains unclear.
The order does not address the reunification of families already separated and migrant children are not allowed to be detained for more than 20 days at a time. A federal judge in California has ordered the government to reunite families as quickly as possible.
Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, told reporters that the First Lady is “anxious to learn how they’re implementing the new process. She added that the court case “threw a wrench in the works.”
“She’s learning that these people at [Health and Human Services] facilities are providing some outstanding care under difficult circumstances,” Grisham said. “She’s advocating for quality care for these children under difficult circumstances.”
The quick visit comes a week after Trump traveled to the border town of McAllen, Texas, to meet with officials there dealing with detained families. She also met with children at one of the facilities.
The Texas trip was overshadowed by a now-infamous $39 jacket that has the words “I really don’t care, do u?” scrawled on the back.
A spokeswoman said there was no hidden message, but President Trump tweeted that his wife was saying she really doesn’t care about the “fake news” media.
More than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents at the border in recent weeks and some were placed in government-contracted shelters hundreds of miles away from their parents.