JUST IN: First lady Melania Trump arrives in Texas "to take part in briefings and tours at a nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the United States illegally," White House says. https://t.co/Xq0uXKKiW4 pic.twitter.com/cM98JDoouh— ABC News (@ABC) June 21, 2018
The first lady's visit to Upbring New Hope Children's Center on Thursday comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families. However, his policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers remains.
Mrs. Trump, whose focus is on children, may have helped encourage her husband to act.
The first lady said earlier through her spokeswoman that she "hates" to see families separated at the border. A White House official followed up Wednesday, saying Mrs. Trump had been making her opinion known to the president that he needed to act to keep migrant families together.