President Donald Trump returned to blasting “chain migration” on Monday during a speech in New Orleans — despite his own father- and mother-in-law coming to the United States through this same method.
"Do you think the country is giving us their finest? No, they're not. No, they're not. They're giving us the opposite of their finest," Trump said at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 100th annual convention in New Orleans, referencing Mexico.
Trump continued that they are "sick, demented laws that have to be changed," ripping the visa lottery and people who enter the U.S. through the lottery or chain migration, a term used to reference a program that allows U.S. citizens to sponsor their immediate family members for legal residency. It is the program that first lady Melania Trump used to put her parents from Slovenia on the path to American citizenship.
"The people that are sent to our country are not the people that we want," Trump announced. "They come in through the lottery, they come in through chain migration."
The president spoke about a man who killed eight people and wounded numerous others, claiming 22 members of his family were now in the U.S. thanks to chain migration:
"It's very hard because the Democrats don't want to change them, but I hope that common sense and people like this can persuade them," the president said of the immigrant laws. "Because it's gotten to a point where you have to. We really have no choice. And we're fighting hard, we're fighting really hard for you and we're making a lot of progress, I can tell you that."