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First Lady Melania Trump visits detention center for migrant children in Texas

First Lady Melania Trump has arrived in Texas for a previously unannounced visit to a detention center for migrant children.

The first lady will “take part in briefings and tours at a nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the United States illegally and a customs and border patrol processing center,” her communications director said in a statement.

“Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social services providers for their hard work, lend support and hear more on how the administration can build upon the already existing efforts to reunite children with their families,” the statement said.

In brief televised remarks at the center, which houses 55 children, Melania Trump thanked the workers “for your heroic work.”

“I’m glad I’m here and I’m looking forward to seeing the immigrant children,” the first lady said.

“We all know they’re here without their families, and I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and your kindness that you’re giving them in these difficult times,” she added.

Joining her on the trip is Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

Separately, Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter who works at the White House, called for the families separated at the border to be reunited. The families were separated under a policy implemented by the administration, which was ended yesterday by executive order after being announced in April.

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