President Donald Trump recently proposed an immigration plan which would include shifting from a family-based system to merit-based immigration, which would value skilled workers and those who speak English.
Pelosi questioned if the first lady Melania Trump and her parents could’ve become U.S. citizens if the merit-based system were in place, as she spoke to a crowd at the Commonwealth Club of California event on Wednesday.
“I don’t know if merit counted for when his wife’s family came into the country,” Pelosi said. “I don’t know. Maybe it did. God bless them if it did. But he calls that ‘chain migration,’ which he wants to get rid of.”
Melania, who was born in Slovenia, and her parents became U.S. citizens after “years” of processing, then garnering citizenship through the family-based system, the first lady’s immigration lawyer previously told The Hill.
“Should we attach a green card to the diploma of so many scientists and engineers and all the rest and graduate students who train in the U.S. so that they can stay here?” Pelosi continued. “Of course. But that’s not the point. The point is that the president does not share the view of even Ronald Reagan and two Bushes in recent history.”
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LOW BLOW. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brings up the First Lady’s parents when discussing President Trump’s immigration plan. pic.twitter.com/bGpokZaoXS
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While Pelosi knocked Trump’s merit-based immigration proposal, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) previously told IJR it’s the “right move” because “[…] we should favor higher-skilled workers and give them a leg-up over simple family ties, which is what our current system is.”
Trump is expected to offer a “very dramatic” statement later Thursday or the next day on immigration and the current situation on the U.S.-Mexico border amid the border crisis as migrant apprehension numbers soar.