30 June, 2018
On camera a Customs and Border Patrol agent told the First Lady "there have to be consequences" for those families attempting to enter the USA, often to seek asylum.
In Tucson, Mrs Trump had a roundtable discussion with Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the US Marshals Service and a local rancher for insights into the situation on the ground.
The group of protesters hoisted their signs and jogged after them.
"We've really prevented instances of human trafficking where someone show up claiming to be a family unit and then we find out that the children are in no way", he said, "not even a close relation to the adult in custody".
The Associated Press reported that for this flight Trump was wearing a black shirt and white slacks with no jacket.
"She'll continue to give her husband her opinion on what her thoughts are on family reunification".
"If she could only open her eyes and take a look at the reality - really listen to people - I think we'd have a different picture here", she said.
The first lady asked several questions regarding the children: how many were there in the facility, what are their ages and how long do they typically stay in the facility.
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Sessions said that refusing to prosecute adults crossing illegally into the U.S. would be a disservice to the children they bring with them. But the first lady's husband, President Donald Trump, undercut the no-message message by tweeting that his wife was saying she really doesn't care about the "fake news" media.
Her spokeswoman declined to immediately release details about her planned stops on Thursday's trip.
In Arizona, she offered gratitude to the immigration officials, including those from ICE, which some Democrats have suggested should be abolished.
"I know how risky and hard your daily jobs are so I really appreciate all you do on behalf of the country", the First Lady told the Customs and Border Patrol agents.
Whatever the first lady's motivation, her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, says it is hers alone.
Mrs. Trump is traveling at a tense time in the United States, amid increasing urgency over how the Trump administration's immigration policy is playing out.
"This was her decision".
Grisham said the first lady "really wants to learn" about the border processes making news around the world. "He is supportive of it, but she told him, 'I'm headed down to Texas, ' and he supported it".