It’s been a mostly frosty night on the left side of the House for tonight’s State of the Union, but when President Donald Trump said that he wants to end chain migration, some Democrats were incensed.
During the president’s remarks on immigration, he said that the “fourth pillar” of his immigration reform plan “protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration.”
Not only did Democrats object to Trump’s concept of the “nuclear family” – a term which alienates a vast swath of families in the United States – but they also fundamentally disagreed with the notion that people should not be allowed to immigrate with their extended families.
“Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children,” Trump expounded. “This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future.”
Democrats were also nonplussed by Trump’s assertion that the plan was a “down-the-middle compromise”:
Dems just laughed when Trump called his immigration framework a “down the middle compromise” #SOTU
— 🦅Andrew Desiderio🦅 (@desiderioDC) January 31, 2018
Watch above, via CNN.
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