White House chief of staff John Kelly, made a highly offensive comments about immigrants during an interview with National Public Radio on Friday.
Kelly said immigrants are: “not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society.”
He continued: “They’re overwhelmingly rural people in the countries they come from — fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English. … They don’t integrate well, they don’t have the skills."
Kelly received a serious backlash from colleagues for these comments. One genealogist, took it a step further.
Jennifer Mendelsohn, looked up Kelly's ancestry to prove to him and the rest of America that we all come from immigrants. Mendelsohn found out through a 1900 census bureau that Kelly's great grandfather lived in America undocumented for 18 years and could not "read, write, or speak English."
She revealed her findings on Twitter:
The 1930 census shows those great-grandparents living with their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, one of who… https://t.co/eGMoD3YXLc— (((OSSOFF/WARNOCK 2021 Jennifer Mendelsohn))) (@(((OSSOFF/WARNOCK 2021 Jennifer Mendelsohn))))1526060685.0
Deep dive tk, but here is the 1910 census showing Kelly's great-grandfather Giuseppe Pedalino and his second wife C… https://t.co/t6T2HgF9Su— (((OSSOFF/WARNOCK 2021 Jennifer Mendelsohn))) (@(((OSSOFF/WARNOCK 2021 Jennifer Mendelsohn))))1526052334.0