Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersGearing up for a chaotic year on K Street Maxine Waters: Republicans 'shielding' Trump 'going to be responsible for dragging us to war' Green says House shouldn't hold impeachment articles indefinitely MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE’s new immigration plan, calling it “very racist.”

“There should be comprehensive immigration reform,” she said on CNN’s “New Day.”

She added that an immigration overhaul should not be “based on exciting and inciting those people who have negative thoughts about others coming across our border, and basically working to use that information to promote himself in a campaign. And I think some of that is very racist."

Waters said Trump’s plan, which calls for the United States to embrace a “pro-American” and “merit-based” immigration system that favors skilled workers over immigrants with family members in the country, is “not keeping with what this country is supposed to be all about.”


“All of those things are not keeping in step with the way we treat human beings,” she said. “Asylum, those people whose lives are threatened — all these things should be taken into consideration.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Waters joins other Democratic lawmakers, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Overnight Energy: Trump issues rule replacing Obama-era waterway protections | Pelosi slams new rule as 'an outrageous assault' | Trump water policy exposes sharp divides Pelosi slams Trump administration's new water rule: 'An outrageous assault' MORE (Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules House revives agenda after impeachment storm House poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate MORE (Md.), in bashing the proposal, which has slim chances of passing in Congress.

Shortly after the president announced his plan on Thursday, Pelosi said it was “dead on arrival” and “not a remotely serious proposal.”

Hoyer said Trump was promoting “xenophobic and false stereotypes about immigrants from certain parts of the world.”