Donald Trump has railed against so-called “chain migration,” when someone comes here, becomes a citizen and sponsors their relatives to come here after them. It’s evil, brings violence and undermines the country, he has argued. But guess who just got citizenship because of chain migration? His wife’s parents.
There’s nothing wrong with this. It’s the way a great many Americans became Americans and I support it fully. But Trump doesn’t, at least for others. At the same time his in-laws were going through this process to become citizens, he was sending tweets like this:
On Thursday, his Slovenian in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became United States citizens in a private ceremony in Manhattan by taking advantage of that same family-based immigration program.
Asked if the Knavses had obtained citizenship through “chain migration,” their lawyer, Michael Wildes, said, “I suppose.”
He said chain migration is a “dirtier” way of characterizing what he called “a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification.”
Melania Trump had sponsored her parents for their green cards, Mr. Wildes said in describing the process by which the Knavses had become United States citizens. “Once they had the green card, they then applied for citizenship when they were eligible,” he said.
CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE! pic.twitter.com/PQGeTTdRtX
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
So as usual, he’s totally against it — unless it helps him, then it’s great. Just like every year his golf resorts ask for Visa 1-B exceptions so they can bring in wait staff, cleaning staff and cooks from other countries. And just like he rails against all those companies who make their products in China and Mexico, but virtually every product he sells under the Trump name is made there. And the rubes have fallen for his populist, nativist nonsense hook, line and sinker.