Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Jeff Sessions: People on ‘the other side’ are immigration radicals

Jeff Sessions: People on ‘the other side’ are immigration radicals

US First Lady Melania Trump was on Thursday greeted by protesters in Phoenix as she made a second visit to meet undocumented child migrants while her husband's administration battles to contain a border crisis.

The speech came at the height of the controversy over the policy to take immigrant children from parents who cross the US border.

The visit is her second in a week to see the conditions where people, including children, are kept after entering the United States illegally.

As the press pool was leaving, she could be heard talking about the experience of children separated from their parents: "It's hard to understand where are their parents because of their age".

"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", Grisham said during the trip to Tucson.

ABC's Lauren Pearle and Justin Doom contributed reporting to this article.

The first lady wore flats for her flight to Arizona.

"She really wants to learn" about the process making news around the world for cases in which parents are separated from their children, Grisham said.

Melania Trump returned to the border Thursday to meet face-to-face with those dealing with her husband's hardline immigration policies firsthand.

The first lady's communications director Stephanie Grisham said Mrs. Trump was not trying to send a message with the jacket.

"The rhetoric we hear from the other side on this issue, as on many others, has become radicalized", Sessions said. Though Trump reversed the policy amid massive backlash from both parties, the fate of children now being held remains unclear. She nodded and said, "That's great", after being told that children remained at the Texas shelter from 42 to 45 days.

Southwest Key is a nonprofit that runs 26 immigrant shelter facilities for children across Texas, Arizona and California. "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".

Over the past two months, about 2,300 children have been separated from their parents in Trump's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal crossing of the Mexican border.

He reversed the policy last week with an executive order to halt family separations, followed by an order to immigration agencies and the Health and Human Services Department, which supervises detention of immigrant children, to reunify the families.

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