Along with, I am sure, many other readers, I am happy to congratulate Melania Trump's parents on becoming U.S. citizens - always an encouraging and heartwarming immigrant journey.

Congratulations are also in order for the First Lady, who, presumably, since there is no other way that her Slovenian parents could have become US permanent residents, sponsored them through the same extended family immigration visa that millions of American citizens have used to sponsor their parents from every part of the world in the past 50 years.

As the nation wishes Melania and her new American parents all the best, we should also ask why her husband is so violently opposed to using this same avenue of immigration, which he attacks as "horrible chain migration" and tries to link with violent crime, when the immigrants involved are not from white Europe, but are from other parts of the world where people have darker skin color.

There is an odor of hypocrisy about the president's double standard in this issue which creates an even worse stench every time that Trump makes a new speech demonizing and vilifying immigrants from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America for coming to America legally in precisely the same way that Melania Trump's parents came from Europe.

Trump claims that he wants to move from a family immigration system to a "Merit-Based" one, but that apparently doesn't apply when his own family is involved. What is "Merit-Based" about that?

Is America moving toward a two-tier immigration system, in which legal visas that are acceptable for white immigrants, including those in the president's own family (since his own mother and grandfather also come to the US through "chain migration") are off limits for everyone else?

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law