Pelosi uses Melania's migrant parents to accuse Trump of a hypocrisy plan: "I don't know what the merit is when his wife's family enters the country"
- Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a blow to first lady Melania Trump during her criticism of President Donald Trump's merit-based immigration proposal
- & # 39; I don't know that merit was counted when his wife's family entered the country & # 39 ;, said Pelosi during an event in California
- President Trump has proposed a new immigration policy that prefers highly qualified workers
- The president wants to put an end to & # 39; chain migration & # 39 ;, which Viktor and Amalija Knavs used to enter the United States and eventually became citizens
- Migrants who are US citizens can sponsor other family members to come to the United States in what is sometimes referred to as & # 39; chain migration & # 39;
- Melania Trump sponsored her parents
Speaker Nancy Pelosi battled the first lady Melania Trump on Wednesday during her criticism of President Donald Trump's merit-based immigration proposal.
& # 39; If the president says the merit – turn it upside down. It means: make America white again, let people leave, just go back and let people we like just come in, & Pelosi told The Commonwealth Club of California.
& # 39; I don't know the merit was counted when his wife's family entered the country. I do not know. Maybe. God bless them when it happened. But he calls that chain migration that he wants to distance himself from – family reunification, instead calling it merit, & she added.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a blow to first lady Melania Trump during her criticism of President Donald Trump's merit-based immigration proposal
Eric Trump, Viktor Knavs, Amalija Knavs and Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in 2006
The office of the first lady did not immediately respond to the request for comment from DailyMail.com.
Earlier this month, the president proposed a new immigration system that attracts & # 39; the best and smartest from all over the world & # 39 ;.
The administration plan, designed by Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser, Jared Kushner, gives priority to highly qualified immigrants over those who are already in the United States and asylum seekers.
The President repeatedly abused immigrants using the lottery system or & # 39; chain migration & # 39; to enter the country.
& # 39; The people sent to our country are not the people we want & # 39 ;, Trump said in a speech in January. & # 39; They come in through the lottery, they come in through chain migration. & # 39;
The parents of the first lady got their citizenship through the & # 39; chain migration & # 39; process.
& # 39; They were sponsored by their daughter and once they had the green card, they then applied for citizenship when they were eligible & # 39 ;, their lawyer Michael Wildes told the New York Times last August when her parents became citizens were.
He claimed that the couple had not received any special treatment in the process of citizenship.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, son Barron Trump and Melania & # 39; s mother Amalija Knavs walk to Marine One in June 2018
Viktor and Amalija Knavs join Marine One in August 2018 after President Trump, Melania Trump and Barron Trump
Amalija Knavs, Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Barron Trump, Santa Claus and Viktor Knavs on Christmas Day in Mar-a-Lago in December 2008
Migrants who are US residents or permanent residents can sponsor other family members, such as parents, adult married children, and brothers and sisters, to come to the United States in what sometimes & # 39; chain migration & # 39; is called.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs had obtained citizenship through that method.
Melania Trump came to the United States in 1996 and met Trump two years later.
She obtained her green card in 2001 and became an American citizen in 2006.
The Knavs have a residence in Maryland, near Barron Trump's school, to help their daughter and grandson.
But they are intensely private, never talk to the press and rarely pose for a public photo.
President Trump wants to end the chain migration policy Melania Trump & # 39; s parents used to come to the United States
Amalija and Viktor Knavs arrive with their lawyer Michael Wildes at the American citizenship and immigration service in May 2018 in New York
They also travel with the first family, seen during trips to Camp David and Mar-a-Lago.
Viktor is 77, five years older than President Donald Trump. Amalija is 73.
The first lady, born Melanija Knavs in what was then Yugoslavia, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modeling.
The new proposal from Trump is expected to be resisted at Capital Hill by some members of his own party working on their own immigration plans.
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