White House chief of staff John Kelly said a vast majority of undocumented immigrants can’t “integrate” into American society because they are rural, uneducated and “don’t have skills.”
Kelly made the remarks in an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition” when asked about the Department of Justice’s new “zero-tolerance” policy which calls for separating more undocumented children from their parents.
“The vast majority of the people that move illegally into United States are not bad people. They’re not criminals. They’re not MS13,” Kelly said in the interview. “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,” he continued. “They don’t speak English; obviously that’s a big thing. … They don’t integrate well, they don’t have skills.”
Kelly added that the zero-tolerance policy “is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.”
“If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple,” Sessions said during a press conference at the U.S.-Mexico border announcing the policy. “If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you. And that child may be separated from you, as required by law.”
The same was once said of Italians and of poor, Irish immigrants like John’s Kelly’s ancestors, when they came to the Unites States. I guess some people forget who they are and where they come from… https://t.co/VxqqItTTMr
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) May 11, 2018