The hosts of "The View" wondered aloud Monday whether Fox News host Tomi Lahren would qualify for the kind of merit-based immigration she advocates.
What: "She talks about low skills," said co-host of the talk show Joy Behar. "What exactly are her skills?"
Why: With President Donald Trump's administration pushing a nativist-tinged immigration regime -- and liberals resisting -- the debate over who should be let into the country has moved to center stage in American politics. Lahren has often given voice to the views of the GOP base on the issue.
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The group takedown on ABC's "The View" came a day after genealogist Jennifer Mendelsohn revealed that Lahren's ancestors were the kind of "low skill" immigrants to America that she has argued against admitting.
According to the 1930 census, Mendelsohn said, both Lahren's great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother did not speak English many years after arriving in the United States.
Except the 1930 census says Tomi's 3x great-grandmother had been here for 41 years and still spoke German.
Her 2nd great-grandmother had been here for 10 yrs. Spoke no English.
Mendelsohn also tweeted: “What I’m trying to show here is that these nativists can’t keep trying to back up their argument by saying ‘the country doesn’t work this way’ when clearly it does, and has: for their families. So why do they *really* not want these people here? That’s what we need to dig out.”
On Saturday, Lahren appeared on Fox News’ “Watters’ World” to defend defend White House chief of staff John Kelly’s remarks last week to NPR that undocumented immigrants are “not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society.”
Lahren pushed back against liberal immigration policies, telling host Jesse Watters, "You don’t just come into this country with low skills, low education, not understanding the language and come into our country because someone says it makes them feel nice."
Enter "The View."
Whoopi Goldberg started things off, saying: "The idea that immigrants come over here and they don't know anything and they're dragging us down is crap, we all come from immigrants, including you, Tomi Lahren."
After Behar threw her skills shade, Sunny Hostin joined in: "She's certainly not a historian... So she doesn’t even know her own history. She certainly doesn’t know this country’s history."
Megan McCain added: "There's a difference between being for people going through the proper channels to get here legally and not being open borders, and having compassion for those of us that want to come here. My dad always talked about immigration, saying, these are God's children; they're trying to come here to seek a better life."
On Wednesday, Lahren went on "Fox & Friends" to defend herself from Mendelsohn, saying that the genealogist was playing "gotcha" -- despite her protestations to the contrary -- but only managed to prove that prove that "my family came here legally."