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John Kelly: Vast Majority of Undocumented Immigrants ‘Don’t Have Skills,’ Would Not ‘Easily Assimilate’

White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly is standing behind President Donald Trump‘s immigration policies — saying that the “vast majority” of undocumented immigrants to the U.S. “don’t have skills.”

In an interview with NPR Friday, the Chief of Staff said that he believes undocumented immigrants “don’t integrate well.”

Let me step back and tell you that the vast majority of the people that move illegally into United States are not bad people. They’re not criminals. They’re not MS-13. … But they’re also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society. They’re overwhelmingly rural people. In the countries they come from, fourth, fifth, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English; obviously that’s a big thing. … They don’t integrate well; they don’t have skills. They’re not bad people. They’re coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws. … The big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States, and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.

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