On camera a Customs and Border Patrol agent told the First Lady "there have to be consequences" for those families attempting to enter the USA, often to seek asylum.
The first lady had pressured her husband to change his hardline approach after images of distraught immigrant children dominated headlines in the United States and overseas. "She supports family reunification".
"She cares about children deeply and when the news started to hit I think she was very concerned and wanted to make sure the kids are being well taken-care of", Grisham said during the trip to Tucson.
The first lady's communications director Stephanie Grisham said Mrs. Trump was not trying to send a message with the jacket.
She landed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson around 1 p.m in the same look - however, she traded her slip-on shoes for white sneakers before heading to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility holding undocumented immigrant families suspected of crossing the border illegally.
"We're working with Congress, hopefully, to provide more resources and the ability to actually enforce the law", she said. For her flight to the state, she chose to wear a coat bearing the slogan: "I really don't care, do u?".
Trump traded her black flats for white sneakers. The first lady will also do a closed-press tour of an intelligence center.
This time, Mrs. Trump travels amid upheaval over her husband's hard-line approach to immigration and evidence of increasing urgency over how that's playing out.
The demonstration arrives after reports emerged of thousands of migrant children being separated from their families in recent months as a result of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy implement last month.
While most of the focus has been on President Trump over the course of the last three weeks, as Americans fight back against what they believe is an unjust policy of separating children from their parents along our southern border, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was actually the one who announced this policy.
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that separated families must be reunited within 30 days; 14 days if children are younger than 5.