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Pelosi: Trump immigration plan is 'dead on arrival'

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils virus plan and urges patience | Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden | House to move quickly on COVID-19 relief Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 On The Money: Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief | Biden faces backlash over debt | 900,000 more Americans file for unemployment benefits MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE’s new immigration plan is “dead on arrival” and “not a remotely serious proposal."

Her criticisms come shortly after the president unveiled the plan to shift the country toward a “merit-based” system that would favor highly skilled workers over migrants with family members residing in the country.

The California Democrat called for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reforms, and said Trump's proposal mirrored the conservative-backed policies that were previously rejected by Congress.

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“The White House has repackaged the worst of its past failed immigration plans: greenlighting the Administration’s barbaric family detention policies, reviving the President’s ineffective and wasteful wall, completely abandoning our patriotic and determined Dreamers and gutting our asylum and refugee protections," she said in a statement. “To say that this plan’s application criteria are ‘merit-based’ is the height of condescension.”

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Congressional leaders present Biden, Harris with flags flown during inauguration LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE (D-Md.) echoed Pelosi’s sentiments, saying that the president is peddling “xenophobic and false stereotypes about immigrants from certain parts of the world.”

“With this announcement, we also see this President’s continued disrespect for the principle of keeping families together. We saw it when he ended the DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] program, creating a crisis that this proposal ignores. We saw it with the horrific and inhumane family separation policy last year at the border, which tore crying children from their parents’ arms without any plan to reunite them,” he said.   

“Now, we see this Administration attempting to prevent those already here from sponsoring their loved-ones for immigration, an exclusionary practice that does not comport with Americans’ values about families and community.”

Top Democrats have called for any immigration plan to include protections for young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children — known as Dreamers — and a pathway to citizenship.