Border focus shifts to 2,300 kids already taken from parents

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Grisham underscored that message in a tweet with the hashtags #SheCares and #ItsJustAJacket. And the Trump administration has so far not outlined any plans for reuniting children already separated from their families. The first lady signed it as well. In public appearances, the first lady has worn designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Del Pozo, Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy and Valentino, often with daringly high Christian Louboutin heels.

In the Texas border city of McAllen, prosecutors unexpectedly dropped charges against 17 immigrants who were due to be sentenced for improperly entering the U.S., according to Efren Olivares, a lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project, which has been interviewing adult immigrants to track them and their kids through separate government systems.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped back from his administration's practice of separating immigrant families that illegally cross the border, which had been part of his so-called zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration. She told the children to "be kind and nice to each other".

First lady Melania Trump arrived in McAllen, Texas on Thursday to visit the border area amid the administration's crisis over the separation of families, her office said.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham said the detention facilities "are essentially summer camps", on her show on Monday, whereas former first lady Laura Bush said they were "eerily reminiscent" of World War II Japanese internment camps in a Washington Post column on Sunday. "It doesn't surprise me that millions more people want to come, they just can't all come". Their physical and mental states are immediately assessed, and they are given orientation.

But a spokeswoman for the US Department of Justice said the report was inaccurate.

Democrats in both chambers have also introduced separate bills to keep families together and limit criminal prosecutions for asylum seekers, something Republicans say will only encourage more illegal immigration.

The first lady's unannounced visit came a day after President Donald Trump - in a stunning about-face - moved to end the practice of splitting migrant families, which had prompted outrage at home and overseas.

Officials from the Defense Department and Health and Human Services said the Pentagon has agreed to provide space on military bases to hold up to 20,000 people detained after illegally crossing the Mexican border.

Trump's solution is to imprison parents and children together.

However, he made a U-turn yesterday under mounting pressure and when signing the order, Trump said he did it because he "didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated".

Mr Trump said yesterday as he signed an order to scrap the policy: "It's about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border".