I recently took the Ancestry DNA test, butt I already know much of my family migration history. I have roots reaching all over Europe and the UK. I look forward to getting more specific.
Donald Trump, his supporters and subordinates, are virulently anti-immigrant. Some, including Trump, are openly racists, but others seem to have less obvious biases, yet pursue no less virulent practices (John Kelly and Thomas Homan, in particular). What they all, deliberately or ignorantly, have in common is ignoring the reality of their immigrant roots.
Trump, famously, carries that name because his grandfather changed it after immigrating in 1885. How ‘chain migration’ brought us the Trump White House
- Philip Bump, WaPo.
A number of prominent members of the Trump administration have ancestors who are only in the country because they came to join members of their families who would be excluded from sponsoring them under the new proposal.
[Trump's] mother, Mary Anne Macleod migrated to the United States in 1930 from Scotland at the age of 18.
Sponsored by her sister. His grandfather also arrived this way. His Vice President's story is much the same.
Pence’s maternal grandfather, Richard Cawley, came to the United States in 1923, according to Smolenyak’s research, joining his brother, James, who had arrived eight years earlier. James’s arrival at the age of 16 was predicated on joining his aunt, a woman identified in immigration documents only as “Mrs. Schnorr” of Illinois.
The list of Trump advisors is replete with similar stories - Stephen Miller, Dan Sciavano, Jared Kushner. John Kelly has recent immigrants on both sides.
The reality is, we all do. America is a main of immigrants and always has been. Even our Native American forebears were constant migrants. I've spent a good deal of time tracing their pre-colonial
migration patterns. So those that exempt them, shouldn't. They're immigrants, too.