The news that Melania Trump's Slovenian parents are now in the United States helping to take care of Trump's son Barron has fueled speculation that they may have come to the United States with green cards sponsored by Melania, who is a US citizen but has had a controversial immigration history herself which has never been fully explained by the White House.

This would be an exact example of the same "chain migration" which Trump is calling "horrible" (in a December 29, 2017 tweet), and making up totally fictitious stories about, such as the delusional one that a lone wolf radicalized Muslim attacker in New York who ran over and killed 8 people last Halloween had sponsored "23 relatives" to come to the US, not a single one of whom has ever been identified.

While it is also possible that Melania Trump's parents may be in the US simply as tourists on a temporary 6-month visa, a benefit that is not always easily granted to parents of US citizens who come from outside Europe and want to visit their US children or grandchildren, the White House has also refused to release any information on this either - claiming "privacy" on behalf of the First Lady of the United States!

See February 14:

Whatever the immigration status of Trump's in-laws in the US may or may not be, however, one thing is clear: both Trump's own Scottish mother and his own German grandfather came to the US to join their own siblings - through "chain migration" very similar to that which Trump and his administration are now furiously lobbying to take away from millions of American citizens who may want to sponsor their own parents, simply because they come from countries whose citizens have a skin color different from that of Trump's own family members.

(As an aside, Trump's father Fred reportedly lied about his own German ancestry and falsely claimed that he was of Swedish origin, a lie which Donald Trump reportedly perpetuated in his Art of the Deal book - according to CNN. This would show that Trump's antagonistic relationship with the truth about immigration extended even to his own ancestry.)

For more details on how Trump and his administration lobbied against and killed a bipartisan compromise Senate bill to protect Dreamers which Trump called a "catastrophe" because it did not include the huge cutbacks in family immigration and elimination of the diversity visa lottery which he demanded, see:

Given Trump's history of saying and doing everything possible to cut back non-European legal immigration, there is no reason to think that he would stop at just eliminating large parts of family immigration and abolishing the visa lottery.

As a candidate, Trump repeatedly spoke out against birthright citizenship for the American-born children of parents who lack immigration status, something that would deprive millions of Hispanic, Asian and black Americans of the citizenship that is guaranteed to them by the 14th amendment to the US Constitution as upheld 120 years ago by the Supreme Court in the landmark case of Wong Kim Ark (1898)

For just one sample of Trump's 2015 comments on this issue, which echo the position of some other anti-immigrant organizations and openly white supremacist politicians such as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who introduced legislation to end birthright citizenship even for US-born children of certain legal immigrants, see:

There is no indication that Trump has changed his views since then or that he has lost interest in trying to pursue this issue, which would turn the US into an officially white supremacist state similar to apartheid South Africa.

Trump's assault on family immigration and the visa lottery could therefore be looked at as just a dress rehearsal for an even bigger battle over race as it affects both immigration and citizenship, which could very likely be coming up next.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law