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Pelosi hits Trump’s immigration plan: ‘I don’t know if merit counted for when his wife’s family came’ to US

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday slammed President Trump’s new “merit-based” immigration plan by questioning if Slovenian-born first lady Melania Trump’s parents would have been allowed into the U.S. under it, HuffPost reported.

“I don’t know if merit counted for when his wife’s family came into the country,” Pelosi said of Trump. “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.”

“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 asked. “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.”{mosads}

Pelosi reportedly made the dig while speaking at a Commonwealth Club of California event in San Francisco, adding the Trump’s immigration proposal is designed to “make America white again.”

Melania Trump’s attorney told Hill.TV last year that it took “years” for the former model and her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, to become permanent residents.

“In Melania Trump’s case, it took years for her to become an American citizen, then years for her to petition for her family and they went through the process, passing all of the American citizenship questions and everything just like any other person,” Michael Wildes said.

Even though his own in-laws were able to become citizens through the process called family-based migration, Trump has repeatedly denounced what he calls “chain migration,” claiming it brings “virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives” into the United States.

The president rolled out his new “pro-American” immigration plan earlier this month. It would favor highly skilled workers over people with family members living here.

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