Historical documents reveal that President Donald Trump's grandfather, a German immigrant, once wrote a letter begging the prince regent of Bavaria not to deport him.
In 1885, Friedrich Trump fled Germany at the age of 16 to avoid completing mandatory military requirements, according to Inquisitr. During his time in the U.S., he obtained citizenship and established a small restaurant and bar that some historians believe actually doubled as a brothel.
After establishing a small fortune, he decided to return to his native homeland with his wife and young daughter in 1905. Once Bavarian authorities learned of his return, though, they gave him eight weeks to leave the country. Because of his draft-dodging history and his failure to warn Bavarian authorities that he was emigrating to the U.S., he lost German citizenship entirely.
In a passionate letter to Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria, he wrote that the news of his impending deportation had torn his family apart.
"We were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria," the letter, which was first published by Harper's Magazine, reads in part.
"We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished. My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick."
He went on to argue that he should be able to stay in the Bavarian town of Kallstadt because he was a "capable and productive citizen" with a vast amount of wealth.
"Why should we be deported?" he asked. "This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree -- not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again."
Friedrich's attempts were unsuccessful and he was forced to return with his family to the U.S., where they settled in New York.
Nearly 100 years later, Friedrich's grandson Donald Trump became president of the U.S., introducing strict immigration rules that would have prevented his grandfather from coming to the country in the first place, according to The Independent.
Over the course of four days in July, immigration authorities arrested 650 undocumented immigrants across the U.S. About 520 of them had no previous criminal record.