Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Sunday responded to President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE’s calls for merit-based immigration by saying he would support a system like the one that allowed the president’s grandfather to immigrate to America.
“Dear @realDonaldTrump: Your grandfather came to America at the age of 16, did not speak English well, was poor, and started off as a barber. So yes, I will support a merit system based on the same criteria that allowed your grandfather to immigrate to America,” Lieu tweeted.
Dear @realDonaldTrump: Your grandfather came to America at the age of 16, did not speak English well, was poor, and started off as a barber. So yes, I will support a merit system based on the same criteria that allowed your grandfather to immigrate to America. https://t.co/enfOJskDWp— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 14, 2018
Trump's grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Germany.
Trump has repeatedly called for an end to visa lotteries and chain migration, which allows immigrants already in the U.S. to sponsor family members who wish to immigrate as well.
He tweeted Sunday morning that he wants “people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again.”
His latest remarks come a few days after Trump reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries."
During a meeting with lawmakers, Trump reportedly used the term when asking why the U.S. accepts so many immigrants from places such as Haiti, instead of taking in more people from countries like Norway.
His remarks have cast a shadow on ongoing negotiations to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows certain immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to live and work here without fear of deportation.
Trump announced last year he was rescinding the program, and has said any legislation addressing it should also include funding for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The White House pushed back on a bipartisan immigration proposal last week, and Trump has since blamed Democrats for failing to address DACA.