Demonstrators Greet Melania Trump During Visit to Phoenix Migrant Shelter

The President's tweet is the latest attempt to defend his now reversed policy of separating children from their parents by claiming it is similar to what Obama did when he was in power

East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham said the first lady's goal is to "learn and educate herself" about issues at the border, first hand, from those on the front lines and thank them for the sometimes risky work they do.

Melania Trump made her first visit to a facility in McAllen, Texas.

Sources have told Arizona's Family that she may tour a Southwest Key facility housing migrant children located near 27th and Campbell avenues in Phoenix. Also Tuesday, 17 states sued the Trump administration to force it to reunite children and parents.

"She cares about children deeply and when the news started to hit I think she was very concerned and wanted to make sure the kids are being well taken care of", her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.

ABC's Lauren Pearle and Justin Doom contributed reporting to this article. She did not wear the jacket while in Texas.

Melania Trump is heading back toward the southern border of the United States but this time without her controversial jacket.

Jeff Sessions was already under fire for his policy separating immigrant children from their parents when he was filmed joking about the children's plight at a speech to a conservative foundation this week, igniting widespread protest.

Melania Trump showed up to a shelter for immigrant children but her choice of fashion sparked the ire of many in the mainstream media and popular culture.

The agency would continue to refer single adults for prosecution for illegally crossing the border, said the CBP chief, adding that border agents would also separate children from adults if the child was in danger or if the adult had a criminal record.

"The rhetoric we hear from the other side on this issue - as on so many others - has become radicalized", Sessions said.

"Thank you for all your hard work that you do, and I know how risky and difficult your daily jobs are", Trump said at a briefing with border patrol and immigration enforcement officials and local ranchers.

Mrs. Trump's second visit to such a site in the week since President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end the practice of splitting up families at the U.S. -Mexico border. "And if you try to scale their fence, believe me, they'll be only too happy to have you arrested and separated from your children". "She's advocating for quality care for these children under hard circumstances", Stephanie Grisham told reporters.

The federal government has separated more than 2,300 children from their parents at the border in recent weeks and placed some in government-contracted shelters hundreds of miles away.

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