Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

‘Do u?’ Melania’s jacket sparks fresh outrage amid immigration row

‘Do u?’ Melania’s jacket sparks fresh outrage amid immigration row

The Trump administration's so-called zero tolerance policy will remain in place, but families will be kept together in detention.

Photos of the jacket - from fast fashion retailer Zara - circulated quickly online, stirring outrage over what some felt was an insensitive choice. It was as if she "really doesn't care". "This is exceptionally insensitive and appalling even for you".

Press Secretary Melania trump Stephanie Grisham later told reporters that in the jacket there is no hidden message.

'There was no hidden message.

Post her visit to Texas immigration centre, Melania tweeted, "Today's visit to #Texas to spend time with children & thank the many hardworking individuals helping to care for them was very meaningful".

However, perhaps someone pointed out to her that it probably wasn't appropriate attire (or maybe she felt her point had been made) because by the time she landed she'd changed into something a little suitable.

Melania's visit came on the heels of her husband's decision to reverse the family-separation policy.

Third-graders at a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents welcomed first lady Melania Trump with a large paper American flag they'd signed. So why, on the way to visit a shelter for migrant children separated from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border, would she wear such a thing?

Evelyn Stauffer, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said her agency is trying to help reunite families or place unaccompanied immigrant children with an appropriate sponsor.

"She supports family reunification", Ms Grisham added.

The easy, knee-jerk interpretation is that she doesn't care in the slightest about the kidnapped children she's on her way to meet with.

To quote one protester: "Sometimes the only response is a crafty one".

Melania Trump, 48, is married to US President Donald Trump, 70, but is is reported to not always agree with his policies, particularly his most recent one regarind child immigrants.

The rejected bill would have curbed legal immigration and bolstered border security but would not have granted a pathway to citizenship to "Dreamers" who arrived in the country illegally as children.

The first lady's comments were noted in a White House pool report. The un-ironic reading was offered by critics such as CNN's Kirsten Powers, who called her "the Marie Antoinette of this administration".

"I'm glad I'm here and I'm looking forward to seeing the children", Melania said at a roundtable discussion with social workers and government officials. She says half are boys and half are girls, and they range in age from age 5 to 12.

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