United States first lady Melania Trump visits a room as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar (R) looks on during a tour of the Lutheran Social Services of the South "Upbring New Hope Children's Center" near the U.S. -Mexico border in McAllen, Texas. The high in the District on Friday, the first day of summer, was 86 degrees.
As the first lady boarded her plane from Andrews Air Force Base, she wore an olive green jacket. There was no hidden message.
"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform", Ms Grisham said in a statement. She co-signed Trump's birther theories, she co-signed her husband's comments about sexual assault, and she has reaped the benefits of her husband's sexist and racist policies for years.
Later, she toured a section of the facility where the children have bedrooms and was told they maintain their own rooms. When she asked how often children are allowed to speak to their families, she was told children with verified families get a 10-minute phone conversation twice a week.
The group also filed a class-action suit in February in San Diego federal court over family separation of individuals seeking asylum and the judge set a hearing for Thursday to discuss the new White House executive order.
The facilities have all but dominated the news for days on end, causing heated political battles from the White House to Capitol Hill, ricocheting around the world in an uproar of disbelief and consternation.
Third-graders welcomed Melania with a large paper American flag they'd signed taped to a wall.
I give her the benefit of the doubt on compassion - but if she chose to wear this without thinking it was pretty tone deaf.
Slovenian-born Mrs Trump's trip comes after her husband made a shock U-turn on the policy introduced six weeks ago after images of youngsters in cages sparked global outrage.
"I'm glad I'm here and I'm looking forward to seeing the children", Mrs Trump was reported as saying during a roundtable discussion with social workers and government officials.
"This was 100% her idea", said Grisham of Trump's decision to travel to McAllen, making clear the first lady is not on a mission assigned by the President nor is she acting as his emissary.
"The executive order certainly is helping pave the way a little bit, but there's still a lot to be done", Grisham said.