Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene praised former first lady Melania Trump for how she legally immigrated to the United States while discussing security on the US-Mexico border.
Speaking in the House of Representatives on May 10, Greene addressed the latest Republican border security bill. House Republicans are currently trying to craft new border protection legislation, as the issue has once again entered the national spotlight as Trump-era Title 42 ends.
The 213-page bill resurrects a series of policies by former President Donald Trump. This includes measures such as the construction of barriers along hundreds of miles of the border country.
Title 42, the public health measure signed into law by Donald Trump in March 2020, had previously allowed Border Patrol agents to quickly expel migrants back to the southern border on the grounds of preventing the potential spread of COVID-19. 19. It is now scheduled to expire on May 11.
At the same time, regions along the border are seeing large increases in crossings, with agents in the Gulf Coast region reporting about 30,000 since mid-April.
“I’d like to remind everyone that Republicans believe in legal immigration,” Greene said Wednesday. “In fact, we are very proud of our former First Lady, Melania Trump, who immigrated to the United States legally. But there is a clear difference in policies when it comes to borders and security for the United States of America.
“I think it’s very important to remind my colleagues across the aisle what our oath of office really says. We take an oath that we will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
“That is a very important oath to take and it is one to keep, but this has not been fulfilled in the last two years under this administration. We have seen almost 5 million people cross our border and it is unsustainable,” said the representative from Georgia. .
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While there has previously been speculation that Melania Trump came to the US illegally from Slovenia, her representatives have sternly denied these claims.
Melania Trump’s immigration story has come under scrutiny due to her husband’s tough stance on immigration, as well as the alleged inconsistency in his story.
Days before the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press reported that Melania Trump was paid more than $20,000 for 10 modeling jobs in the US seven weeks before she was granted a work visa in October 1996. Melania Trump became She officially became a naturalized United States citizen in 2006.
In 2018, the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said news week: “Mrs. Trump followed the law at all times and entered the country legally.”
Greene continued to attack the Democrats in his speech, saying that they do not support Americans, but immigrants and foreign countries.
The House GOP bill is being voted on today and is unlikely to pass, however, because the Senate is led by Democrats. President Joe Biden has also said that he would veto a Republican House bill that aims to restrict asylum.