Melania Trump arrives in Tucson, Arizona to visit Border Patrol center

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She visited the Tucson Coordinating Center, a short-term holding facility and then an intelligence center.

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

As her motorcade arrived at the Phoenix complex, it passed a group of several dozen protesters with a large inflatable effigy of President Trump wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and a sign that read: "End All Cages". A total of 121 children are being held at the facility, including 81 who had been separated from their parents.

Melania Trump is heading back toward the southern border of the United States. This time, she chose less controversial apparel.

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Her first visit - to a centre in McAllen, Texas - was overshadowed by the coat she wore. Melania Trump, wife of U.S. President Donald Trump, traveled on Thursday to Arizona to get another first-hand look at conditions for children brought illegally to the country by their parents. Many were placed hundreds of miles away from one another and have been struggling to be reunited.

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Tex.), whose district Trump visited on her first trip, said he was skeptical of her motivation, but he's taking her words of concern at face value. After federal officials began separating families in May and sending kids to shelters while their parents awaited prosecution, the public reacted with outrage.

This time, Mrs Trump made a risk-averse fashion choice of a plain black sweater, white slacks and flat shoes when she boarded her jet at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Her spokeswoman said it was simply "a jacket" with "no hidden message".

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.

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The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington DC in the first legal challenge by states over the Trump administration's recent policy of splitting children from migrant families who may have crossed the border illegally.

"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.

Southwest Key is a nonprofit that runs 26 immigrant shelter facilities for children across Texas, Arizona and California. But Mrs. Trump instead met with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency that oversees the Border Patrol and customs officers.

Jeff Sessions is not the only Trump administration official to come under fire for the policy separating immigrant children from their parents.

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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 us border.

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