Pelosi uses Melania’s chain migrant parents to accuse Trump of immigration plan hypocrisy saying: ‘I don’t know merit counted when his wife’s family came into the country’
- Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a swipe at first lady Melania Trump during her criticism of President Donald Trump’s merit-based immigration proposal
- ‘I don’t know merit counted for when his wife’s family came into the country,’ Pelosi said at an event in California
- President Trump has proposed a new immigration policy that gives preference to highly-skilled workers
- The president wants to end ‘chain migration,’ which Viktor and Amalija Knavs used to enter the United States and ultimately become citizens
- Migrants who are U.S. citizens can sponsor other relatives to come to the United States in what is sometimes referred to as ‘chain migration’
- Melania Trump sponsored her parents
‘When the president says merit – turn it upside down. It means make America white again, have people leave, just go back and we’ll just let in people we like,’ Pelosi told The Commonwealth Club of California.
‘I don’t know merit counted for when his wife’s family came into the country. 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 – family unification, instead call it merit,’ she added.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a swipe at 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 first lady’s office did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Earlier this month the president proposed a new immigration system that ‘attracts the best and brightest from all around the world.’
The administration’s plan, crafted by Trump son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, prioritizes highly skilled immigrants over those already in the United States and asylum seekers.
The president has repeatedly railed against immigrant who use the lottery system or ‘chain migration’ to enter the country.
‘The people that are sent to our country are not the people that we want,’ Trump said in a January speech. ‘They come in through the lottery, they come in through chain migration.’
The first lady’s parents obtained their citizenship through the ‘chain migration’ process.
‘They had gotten sponsored by their daughter and then once they had the green card, they then applied for citizenship when they were eligible,’ their attorney Michael Wildes told The New York Times last August when her parents became citizens.
He claimed the couple did not receive any special treatment in the citizenship process.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, son Barron Trump and Melania’s mother Amalija Knavs walk to Marine One in June 2018
Viktor and Amalija Knavs are seen coming off 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 at Mar-a-Lago in December 2008
Migrants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are able to sponsor other relatives – such as parents, adult married children and siblings – to come to the United States in what is sometimes referred to as ‘chain migration.’
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 a U.S. 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 speaking to the press and rarely posing for a public photo.
President Trump wants to end the chain migration policy Melania Trump’s parents used to come into the United States
Amalija and Viktor Knavs arrive with their lawyer Michael Wildes at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in New York in May 2018
They also travel with the first family, having been seen on 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 the then Yugoslavia, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modeling.
Trump’s new proposal is expected to meet resistance on Capital Hill from some members of his own party, who are working on their own immigration plans.