Melania Trump was welcomed by staff at the Upbring New Hope Children's Center as she made an unannounced visit Thursday to the facility that houses 58 unaccompanied migrant children. Trump's order said the government would maintain a "zero tolerance" policy toward those who break the law, but the senior US official, asked to explain how the government would change enforcement practices, said Border Patrol agents were instructed Wednesday evening to stop sending parents with children to federal courthouses for prosecution.
"She wanted to see everything for herself", said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director. "We have therefore requested the federal government to immediately refrain from using American for the objective of transporting children who have been separated from their families due to the current immigration policy".
TIME magazine has responded to the Trump administration's policy to separate families crossing the U.S. -Mexico border with their latest cover.
The group was denied immediate access to a holding facility by the Department of Health and Human Services, said Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, South Carolina.
Facing global outcry over the separation policy, Trump had signed an executive order on Wednesday to stop the separations and keep families together during immigration proceedings. "And I'd also like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible".
The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady's typically bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe.
Homeland Security chief defends separating families at border
CNN is looking into reports that these individuals are being turned away there, as well. Sessions said the children "are taken care of", at an "enormous cost".
"An earlier version incorrectly stated the Trump administration was suspending prosecutions for parents of migrant children", the correction says.
"There are still kids separated from their families and it's going to be really, really hard to get them back with their families", Lee, 19, said.
When asked Thursday if the first lady supports the policy, Grisham said, "She supports that the law should be followed".
Thursday's uncertainty resulted from the abrupt ending Wednesday of a White House-sanctioned practice of separating more than 2,300 children from their parents over the past several weeks.
The failure dealt an embarrassing blow to Republicans under intense pressure by Trump's administration to take the first legislative steps to address the issue.
Among the two immigration proposals up for debate; the more conservative bill "Goodlatte Number One" and the so-called "Compromise Bill" - each crafted by Congressman Goodlatte - and both include a policy to boost funds for detention centers, solve the DACA problem, fund the border wall and ends family separation.