First Lady Melania Trump's visit on Thursday to a Texas shelter housing migrant children separated from their parents was overshadowed by a jacket she wore with the words: "I really don't care, do u?" scrawled in white brush strokes on the back.
White House officials said they are working to reunite almost 2,300 children already separated from their parents.
"She wanted to see everything for herself", said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director.
The U.S. government was wrestling with the ramifications of President Donald Trump's move to stop separating families at the border and Congress again failing to take action on immigration amid outcry from all corners of the world, with the images and sounds of crying children dominating the news.
The shelter is a Health and Human Services Department grantee facility run by Lutheran Social Services of the South, and it's part of a network of 32 state-licensed facilities in Texas, according to the Center for Investigative Journalism. The first lady's visit came the morning after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families that entered the USA illegally.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday created to stop migrant family separations. She asked how she could help "these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible" and how often they communicate with their families.
As congressional Republicans look to pass sweeping immigration bills Thursday, Trump says Democrats are obstructionists and is accusing them of not caring about the children separated from their parents.
Trump signed an executive order requiring immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally for as long as their criminal proceedings take.
CBP officials will monitor migration patterns at the border to see if the policy change leads to an increase in illegal crossings by family groups, the official said.
"We're essentially hiding behind the system and gridlock and using it as an excuse to dehumanize people and literally tear apart parents and children", he said.
The New York Times reported that though the order has been made, there were still no plans for the reunion of the children who have already been separated from their families.
"This was 100 percent her idea". After widespread public protest and bipartisan criticism, the president signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon ending the practice.