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Thursday, 22 February 2018 05:43

Donald Trump's Loathing for Legal Immigration Doesn't Apply to His In-Laws

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Donald Trump kicked off his 2016 campaign trail by accusing Mexican immigrants of being rapists and drug dealers. It was the first salvo of innumerable attacks on non-whites who come to the United States to make it their home. He was, in essence, promising to keep the United States white by rejecting people who don't represent a European heritage.

After all, Trump recently opined at a White House meeting on immigration that he didn't want anybody coming to work or live in the US from "shithole countries" like Haiti and African nations. Instead, he said, preferred people like Norwegians. It does not get any more racist than that.

Trump, in addition, has been working to reduce the number of legal immigrants -- individuals who currently have a sanctioned path to work and citizenship based on US law. One of the methods that he wants to see eliminated is what he calls "chain migration." According to CBS News,

"Chain migration" -- officially known as "family reunification" under federal law -- is the process by which green card holders or legal U.S. residents may sponsor a family member for immigration to the United States.

It is the most common legal form of immigration to the United States. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 238,087 immigrants were categorized as a "family-sponsored preference" in 2016, and 566,706 came as "immediate relatives of U.S. citizens" (spouses, children, or parents).

Between 60 and 70 percent of all lawful permanent immigration to the United States in the past decade has family-based roots.

Family reunification has been a hallmark of immigration policy for decades, and starts families on the path to full citizenship in the United States. However, Trump wants to eliminate the option, as he said in his State of the Union Address this past month:

Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children. This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security and our future.

Trump provided no information as to why this change would be necessary for the nation's security and future; it is a baseless allegation. In addition, it is hard to imagine that the relatively small number of immigrants under this program are taking many jobs from current US citizens.

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, have been living here due to the so-called "chain migration" process since at least 2007. with her father listed as a resident of Mar-a-Lago. Both her parents have green cards. Melania's older sister lives in a Trump building in Manhattan. The White House is not being forthcoming on the legal status of Melania's relatives, but her parents have been pursuing citizenship status for some time according to the Post.

In essence, it appears that the family of the wife of the president of the United States is benefitting from the so-called "chain migration" that her husband has so roundly deplored and apparently wants to eliminate.

To be clear, no blame should fall on Melania's relatives, who have been able to reunite thanks to an important process that Donald Trump wants to abolish.

The point is that Trump has, once again, shown himself to be a ruthless hypocrite.