Melania travels to Texas border to visit child detention center

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Her visit comes a day after Trump, in a stunning about-face, took executive action to end the practice of separating migrant families at the border, the result of a "zero tolerance" policy towards illegal border crossers.

Melania Trump on Thursday went on a damage-control mission near the Texas border with Mexico, visiting children displaced by the country's immigration crisis and showing a softer side than the hardline policies of her husband, U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump did just that on Wednesday, reversing his debunked argument that he had no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families at the border and signing an executive order to keep parents and kids together.

Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said the first lady wasn't sending a message with the jacket. "The images struck her, as a mother, as a human being".

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'She wanted to see everything for herself.... "She wanted to come down".

The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady's typically bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe.

According to its website, Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, "was a vacant McAllen nursing home and assisted living facility when Upbring took it over and transformed the buildings and campus to help unaccompanied minors in Fall 2014".

Asked if they had any reaction to the charges against them being dropped, he said, "They're asking about their children, frankly".

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She also thanked the medical staff and social workers for their "hard work", "compassion" and "kindness".

Melania Trump was reportedly seen wearing an army-style jacket with the phrase "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" on the back while boarding a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on Thursday.

First lady Melania Trump touched down in McAllen, Texas, Thursday making a publicly unannounced and hastily planned trip to get a first-hand look at the crisis affecting immigrant families at the USA border.

Melania Trump becomes the first Trump family member to personally witness the situation that has captured the country's attention over the past several weeks.

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"I am looking forward to seeing and meeting with the children", the first lady also said on Thursday. In a statement, the group's president, Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, S.C., criticized Trump's "shameful policies" that have "traumatized thousands of lives".