Washington, DC - Today, Representative Filemon Vela (D–Brownsville) released the following statement after President Trump announced his endorsement of a plan to limit legal immigration:

“President Trump’s endorsement of policies that rip families apart and slash legal migration to the United States is stupid and shortsighted. The idea that poor immigrants are a drag on society is simply not true. He seems to forget that his own mother, Mary Anne Macleod, came into this country from Scotland as a domestic worker, with only fifty dollars in her pocket. In other words, this policy would have barred entry to his mother. And without his immigrant, low-wage mother, President Trump would not exist today. If that's not the height of hypocrisy, then I don't know what is.”