Melania faced severe backlash over recent statement on ways to 'positively impact children'
First Lady Melania Trump and President Trump welcomed King Felipe and Queen Letizia to the White House. But Melania's tweet about the visit has since sparked a debate.
Melania and Queen Letizia 'enjoyed tea and time together focusing on the ways we can positively impact children.'
However, following President Trump's zero-tolerance policy on immigration matters, thousands of undocumented migrant children were separated from their parents.
Trump's administration responded to the media storm by releasing photos of the camps which showed brightly colored walls with neatly lined beds and a recreational room with a TV.
They said the children were well taken care of and that the 'cages' referred to in the media reports were instead 'chain-link partitions.'
However, it was still clear that in many of these facilities, thin mattresses were placed on concrete floors, with only space blankets to keep the children warm. Several netizens viewed Melania's tweet as offensive and insensitive.
You are part of an evil regime. You support evil with your silence. You could have a major impact if you spoke your mind but you allow children to suffer by putting out pointless statements which request no hard changes. Shame on you. https://t.co/KtGME5VVQP— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 20, 2018
Unlocking the cages is 100% an effective first step— Cam (@cameron_kasky) June 20, 2018
Reporters attempt to gain access to these facilities were futile. U.S Senator for Maryland, Chris Van Hollen, visited one of the centers known as the 'dog kennel.'
He saw 'loads of kids massed together in large pens of chain-linked fence.' Van Hollen also tagged the President in the tweet, and said he should 'change [the] shameful policy today.'
just white kids tho, right?— Usman Ally (@UsmanAlly) June 20, 2018
Impact children??? How's the impact of putting a young child into a concentration camp?— 🚀 Mark Siegel ☀️ (@marksiegelbooks) June 19, 2018
Congressman Peter Welch also raised his concerns and after he visited a 'processing facility' known as the 'icebox,' and said it was 'nothing short of a prison.'
Charlotte Clymer pointed out Melania's hypocrisy by reminding her that 'babies are being held in prison camps away from their parents at [Melania's] husband's order.'
Erin Carr responded to Melania's tweet by asking if the 'positive impact' on children meant 'letting them out of cages.'
Did you show her the pictures of the children in cages? You need to stand up to your husband. His policies are atrocious and they are embarrassing to the United States.— Ryan Graney👩🏻🦰 (@RyanEGraney) June 19, 2018
Like not separating them from their parents even if the parents can not “prove” that their kids crying for them are really their kids?— Jidgette (@Jidgettewynn) June 19, 2018
Really? Is that what you talked about over tea?
According to NY Times, President Trump has since signed an executive order to stop the separation of children from their families, and for the policy on zero-tolerance to be changed.
However, the plight of the children still imprisoned in migrant centers remains to be seen. To learn more, follow our official Twitter page, AmoMama USA.