Today is Mexican Mothers Day. As such, it seems prudent to take a moment to discuss immigrant mothers, you know the ones that Donald Trump likes to throw in cages. The mothers that do whatever it takes to keep their children safe, like asking for asylum.

The funny thing about Donald Trump’s immigration policies – those that he has implemented and those that he plans to implement – would have disqualified his own mother from coming to America. You see, Donald Trump’s mother was an “economic immigrant”. Mary Anne MacLeod left Scotland because of the economic crisis there at the time.

What is worse, under Trump’s vision of immigrants, is that his mother worked as a nanny and as maid when she arrived in America. Under Trump’s draconian immigration schemes, his mother would not have qualified to enter America on a merit basis because she was just a maid.

But it gets worse for Donald Trump.

The mother for Trump’s three eldest children, Ivana Trump is also an immigrant. She came to America via Canada from Czechoslovakia. But Ivana Trump committed marriage fraud to get her passport so that she could leave Czechoslovakia. She married an Austrian ski instructor just for the passport, later testifying that her marriage to him “was never consummated”.

Trump’s current wife, Melania Trump, the mother of Trump’s youngest son is also an immigrant. She came to America on a tourist/business visa and immigrated under an immigrant program for “extraordinary” people based on her modeling career. As a college-dropout, Melania Trump would not be allowed to immigrant to America today under Trump’s immigration plans.

Melania’s own mother is also an immigrant. Amalija Knavs recently became a U.S. citizen. She came to America after Melania became a U.S. citizen. Thus, Melania’s mother used “chain migration” to immigrate, thanks to her daughter.

Even though the Trump mothers are immigrants who would not qualify under Trump’s immigration policies to come to America, Donald Trump nonetheless continues to rile against immigrant mothers asking for asylum to protect their children.

Happy Mothers Day!

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...