Melania Trump Visits Migrant Detention Center In Texas

Protesters fill Sixth Presbyterian Church in Squirrel Hill on Wednesday

Protesters fill Sixth Presbyterian Church in Squirrel Hill on Wednesday

Mayors of major US cities who gathered Thursday at a holding facility for immigrant children at Texas' border with Mexico said President Trump has failed to address a humanitarian crisis of his own making with an executive order to halt the separation of minors as families are detained crossing the USA border illegally.

"It is unclear whether the children being separated from their families are being treated as unaccompanied minors", Durkan said.

"What is the objective of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct", Trump said in a tweet on Thursday as he renewed his call for a change in Senate rules to allow legislation to move with a simple majority.

Images and recordings of wailing children detained in cage-like enclosures has ignited global outrage, forcing the legislative action on an immigration system in disarray.

Grisham previously said in a statement to CNN on Sunday, June 17, that Melania "hates to see children separated from their families" and "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".

"She wants to see what's real", the first lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN en route to Texas.

The first lady met with the facility's executive director, a case manager, a medical care coordinator and others as she began a tour of the facility.

The Trump administration has given conflicting information about what's likely to be possible, and as of late Wednesday was in a holding pattern.

"Usually when they get here, they're very distraught", one official said.

Melania Trump wears Stan Smith sneakers. "Do U?" - a cryptic message that sent the internet ablaze. The first lady signed it as well.

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House Republicans have chose to postpone a vote on one of two immigration bills until Friday.

A hardline proposal was defeated, as expected.

The bill offers a potential pathway to citizenship to many young immigrants who arrived in the United States illegally as children but also provides money for Mr Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico.

Border patrol agents detain a asylum seekers, including children, near McAllen, Texas. They accused Trump of failing to address a crisis of his own making and called for the immediate reunification of immigrant children with their families. "Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"

So far, no Democrats have signed on to the Republican legislation.

Passage of the bill was always a long shot but failure may now come at a steeper price as Republicans - and Mr Trump - have raised expectations that, as the party in control of Congress and the White House, they can fix the nation's long-standing immigration problems. The 1997 consent decree, known as the Flores settlement, prohibits immigration authorities from keeping children in detention for over 20 days.

"The executive order certainly is helping pave the way a little bit, but there's still a lot to be done", Grisham said.

"There's still a zero tolerance policy in place. We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally".

After a downturn previous year, the flow of migrants from Central America and Mexico has surged since October.




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