Pelosi: Trump immigration plan is 'dead on arrival'

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCalifornia Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants 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 HoyerThe case for congressional pay raises Approve USMCA before it's too late Lawmakers push to permanently ban automatic pay raises for members of Congress 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.