Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to a Texas facility Thursday, talking with children and staff as she got a first-hand look at some of the migrant children sent there by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally.

The first lady’s stop at Upbring New Hope Children’s Center came the morning after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating these families. The visit to the one-story red brick building, which houses 55 children between the ages of 12 and 17, was intended to lend support to those children who remain separated from their parents, said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman.  (AP)

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<p>First lady Melania Trump arrives to board a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump arrives to board a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>First lady Melania Trump arrives to board a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas to visit the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump arrives to board a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas to visit the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>First lady Melania Trump arrives at McAllen Miller International Airport in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018, to visit the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center and the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump arrives at McAllen Miller International Airport in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018, to visit the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center and the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>First Lady Melania Trump takes part in a roundtable discussion at Luthern Social Services of the South’s Upbring New Hope Children Center in McAllen, Texas on June 21, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First Lady Melania Trump takes part in a roundtable discussion at Luthern Social Services of the South’s Upbring New Hope Children Center in McAllen, Texas on June 21, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>First lady Melania Trump participates in a round table discussion alongside HHS Secretary Alex Azar (L) and program director Rogelio de la Cerda Jr. (R), with doctors and social workers at the Upbring New Hope Childrens Center operated by Lutheran Social Services of the South and contracted with the Department of Health and Human Services June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump participates in a round table discussion alongside HHS Secretary Alex Azar (L) and program director Rogelio de la Cerda Jr. (R), with doctors and social workers at the Upbring New Hope Childrens Center operated by Lutheran Social Services of the South and contracted with the Department of Health and Human Services June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

<p>First lady Melania Trump visits the Upbring New Hope Children Center, run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South, in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump visits the Upbring New Hope Children Center, run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South, in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>First Lady Melania Trump takes a tour at Luthern Social Services of the South’s Upbring New Hope Children Center in McAllen, Texas on June 21, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First Lady Melania Trump takes a tour at Luthern Social Services of the South’s Upbring New Hope Children Center in McAllen, Texas on June 21, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>First lady Melania Trump tours the Lutheran Social Services of the South “Upbring New Hope Children’s Center” near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen Texas, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump tours the Lutheran Social Services of the South “Upbring New Hope Children’s Center” near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen Texas, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>First lady Melania Trump pauses after signing an artwork of an American flag while visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump pauses after signing an artwork of an American flag while visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>The signature of first lady Melania Trump signs on American flag artwork, bottom left, while visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

The signature of first lady Melania Trump signs on American flag artwork, bottom left, while visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>First lady Melania Trump poses with local police officers at the McAllen airport as she prepares to depart after a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border area in McAllen Texas, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump poses with local police officers at the McAllen airport as she prepares to depart after a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border area in McAllen Texas, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>A room is shown at the Lutheran Social Services of the South “Upbring New Hope Children’s Center,” which first lady Melania Trump toured near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen Texas, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

A room is shown at the Lutheran Social Services of the South “Upbring New Hope Children’s Center,” which first lady Melania Trump toured near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen Texas, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>First lady Melania Trump poses with local police officers at the McAllen airport as she prepares to depart after a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border area in McAllen Texas, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump poses with local police officers at the McAllen airport as she prepares to depart after a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border area in McAllen Texas, June 21, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>First lady Melania Trump arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, after visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, after visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>First lady Melania Trump departs Andrews Air Force Base in Md., June 21, 2018 wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words “I really don’t care, do you?” following her surprise visit with child migrants on the US-Mexico border. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump departs Andrews Air Force Base in Md., June 21, 2018 wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words “I really don’t care, do you?” following her surprise visit with child migrants on the US-Mexico border. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>First lady Melania Trump walks down the Colonnade into the West Wing as she arrives at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2018, after visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

First lady Melania Trump walks down the Colonnade into the West Wing as she arrives at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2018, after visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

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