Melania Trump's immigration lawyer criticizes Trump's immigration policies

First lady Melania Trump's immigration attorney is speaking out about President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"if we fix our broken immigration system, not just by building a screwed-up wall, but we fix the innards of the United States also and we do this in comprehensive fashion ... the thesis of which is our homeland is still at risk because of the 11 million people here," lawyer Michael Wildes said during an interview with Salon.

Wildes admitted to changing his mind about issuing licenses to foreign nationals. He says he was at first opposed to giving such lawbreakers the privilege to drive but then realized how beneficial such ID cards could be in terms of practical matters like tracking and insurance coverage.

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Donald and Melania Trump through the years
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Real estate magnate Donald Trump (L) and his girlfriend Melania Knauss leave Hollinger International's annual meeting at the Metropolitan Club in New York on May 22, 2003. Hollinger publishes The Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Telegraph of London, the Jerusalem Post and other newspapers. REUTERS/Peter Morgan PM/ME
Donald Trump and his girlfriend Melania Knauss arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's restaurant in West Hollywood, California, February 29, 2004. REUTERS/Ethan Miller REUTERS EM/AS
Real estate tycoon Donald Trump and his friend Melania Knauss pose for photographers as they arrive at the New York premiere of Star Wars Episode I: "The Phantom Menace," May 16. JC/SV/AA
From left, Billy Crystal, host of the 76th annual Academy Awards, his wife Janice Goldfinger, Melania Knauss and her boyfriend Donald Trump, pose together as they leave the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's restaurant in West Hollywood, California, early March 1, 2004. REUTERS/Ethan Miller EM
Developer Donald Trump (R) and his girlfriend Melania Knauss pose for photographers after the final show of "The Apprentice" April 15, 2004 in New York. Bill Rancic, a 32-year-old Internet entrepreneur from Chicago, edged out Kwame Jackson, a 29-year-old New Yorker and Harvard MBA, for the Trump-described "dream job of a lifetime" and its $250,000 salary. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen JC
Donald Trump's new bride, Slovenian model Melania Knauss, waves as they leave the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church after their wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, January 22, 2005. REUTERS/Gary I Rothstein
Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs (R) accepts an award from the Rush Philanthropic Foundation for his efforts to support public education and dedication to youth and social activism, from Donald Trump and his wife Melania (L) at Trump's Trumps Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida on March 11, 2005. REUTERS/Jason Arnold MS
Donald Trump and his wife Melania Kanauss watch the Miami Heat play the New York Knicks in the first quarter of their NBA game in New York's Madison Square Garden, March 15, 2005. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine RFS
Donald Trump (L) and his wife Melania arrive at the Museum of Modern Art for a reception in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in New York November 1, 2005. The Royals are on the first day of an eight-day visit to the U.S. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
Donald Trump arrives with wife Melania at a reception in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, November 1, 2005. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Donald Trump (L) and his wife Melania (R) arrive at the Museum of Modern Art for a reception in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in New York, November 1, 2005. The royals are on the first day of an eight-day visit to the U.S. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
Real estate tycoon Donald Trump and his wife Melania attend a Miami Heat against the Los Angeles Lakers NBA game on Christmas Day in Miami, Florida, December 25, 2005. REUTERS/Marc Serota
Donald Trump stands next to his wife Melania and their son Barron before he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles January 16, 2007. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello (UNITED STATES)
Real estate magnate and television personality Donald Trump and his wife Melania stand on the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of the exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" in New York May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION BUSINESS)
Businessman and real estate developer Donald Trump and his wife Melania watch Rafael Nadal of Spain play against Tommy Robredo during their men's quarter-final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 4, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS ENTERTAINMENT REAL ESTATE BUSINESS)
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (2nd from L) watches with his wife Melania as Serena Williams of the U.S. plays against her sister and compatriot Venus Williams in their quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania as he speaks at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as his wife Melania listens at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to an answer his wife Melania gives during an interview on NBC's 'Today' show in New York, U.S. April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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(L-R) Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump attend an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington U.S., October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump cuts the ribbon at his new Trump International hotel in Washington, DC, U.S., October 26 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Republican U.S. President-elect Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania take part in a Make America Great Again welcome concert in Washington, U.S. January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania take part in a Make America Great Again welcome concert in Washington, U.S. January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Wildes says that "hardened criminals should not remain in the United States."

But he expressed reservations about the Trump administration's expansion of crimes that can get a person deported.

"There is less crime from the immigrant community then there are from the American community," he said. "To go into the DUI's to lower the threshold so that any crime is now a removal offense, is offensive."

This isn't the first time that Wildes, a former mayor who backed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, has criticized Trump's policies.

In late January, he responded to the president's controversial travel ban.

"How can we turn our backs on these individuals?" he asked. "This is not the way you deal with people's lives."

He also reportedly represented foreign-born U.S. residents who feared that they would not be allowed to re-enter the country if they left.

During the campaign, Wildes defended Melania Trump over allegations that she modeled in the U.S without legal authorization.

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Stunning pictures of Melania Trump's homeland, Slovenia
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Stunning pictures of Melania Trump's homeland, Slovenia
Slovenia, Bled, Lake Bled and Julian Alps, church of the Assumption
Predjamski grad in winter, Slovenia
Bled Castle, located at the top a cliff, one of the oldest historic monuments in Slovenia. Was built in 1004. Alpine mountains can be seen at the background.
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Lake Bled in summer, beautiful island in the middle of a lake
Slovenia, Primorska, Piran, Church of St. George (Cerkev sv. Jurija)
Here is a Spring day with verdant Spring grape vines growing in the low hill vineyards outside the village of Brda in the Western region of Slovenia.
The river Ljubljanica runs through Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia.
Hiker stands admiring the view from the peak of the mountain he has hiked in Triglav National Park, in the Julian Alps, Slovenia
Mediterranean town of Piran on the Slovenian Coast
Aerial view on a city roofs, capital of Slovenia,
Slovenia, Primorska, Piran, Tartini Square at night
Picturesque karst features illuminated in the cave
Travelers or hikers in the mountains in the National Park Triglav. Nature landscape. Amazing view on Alps: valley and mountains at summer. Mangart, Julian Alps, Slovenia.
Elevated View of Lake Bled in the Autumn
Valley with the lake in the Triglav National Park. The water surface reflects the surrounding mountains in Julian Alps , Slovenia
Bohinj lake in Slovenian national park Triglav with Julian Alps reflecting on surface
Slovenia, Triglav National Park, Lake Bohinj and Church of St. John Baptist at dusk
The Predjamski grad or Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth near the town of Postojna in Slovenia.
Slovenia, Lower Styria Region, Ptuj, town on the Drava River banks, the City Tower
Ptuj, Slovenia - February 7, 2016 - Traditional carnival on shrove sunday with traditional figures, known as kurent or korent in Ptuj, Slovenia
Slovenia, Primorska (aka Slovenian Littoral), Vipava Valley. The hamlet of Ipavei nestles in the hills of the Vipava Valley, an important fruit and particularly vine-growing region of western Slovenia.
sunset on mt Nanos above Vipava Valley Slovenia central Europe and church of st. Hieronim
Waterfall at the dam in Vintgar gorge near Bled, Slovenia
Slovenia, Gorenjska, National Park Triglav, Vintgar Gorge
The Pokljuka Gorge in Slovenia is a 2-km-long ravine, which is a remnant of a stream that cut up to 50 meters deep into the limestone during the end of the Ice Age. As a visitor of the gorge, you can encounter beautiful natural bridges, overhanging rock faces, and a cave with natural windows.
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Kanin Ski Area near Bovec, Slovenia shows a gondola and distant peaks of the Julian Alps.
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at sunset reflected in floodwater, Kozarisce, Notranjska, Slovenia
Julian Alps, Slovenia
Mountains in Triglav National Park in Slovenia.
Soca Valley, Slovenia
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