At the White House, Miller outlined the Trump administration’s long overdue proposed revamping of America’s antiquated immigration laws, which discriminate against well-rounded would-be immigrants who speak English. Trump wants the immigration system to emphasize merit and employability, as opposed to familial relationships.
Acosta baited Miller, falsely suggesting that a poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty was somehow an American foundational document. And of course he implied the immigration reform plan was racist.
It’s not just that they’re totalitarians. It’s not just that they want to destroy America. It’s that they’re really stupid.
Watch as CNN’s Jim Acosta tries to debate Trump adviser Stephen Miller.
Miller cut his teeth fighting leftists in leftistville. Jim Acosta thinks that a poem on the Statue of Liberty is immigration law. Acosta, like most lefties, knows one thing. And that is that…
1. Immigrants make America great
2. The ideal immigrant is illiterate and unskilled. Possibly violent and a burden on society.
How the two are supposed to work together is something you’re not supposed to ask.
And, anyway, there’s a poem. On the Statue of Liberty. Also, like most lefties, Acosta has no idea what immigration laws says. And doesn’t care. That’s how the media could spend years insisting that there can be no religious test for refugees. Or, as Acosta, does insist that learning English or being self-supporting can’t be actual requirements.
When Miller points out that the Statue of Liberty predated the poem, Acosta calls it “National Park revisionism”. Of course this is accompanied by his colleagues giggling on cue while Acosta interrupts.
But really this highlights how hopelessly stupid the left has become. Acosta can’t debate Miller. He has no historical knowledge. All he can do is pound the progressive pulpit.
Miller asks, “Do you at CNN not really know the difference between green card and illegal immigration policy.”
The usually safe answer is, no. As Ben Rhodes once informed us, the media doesn’t know anything except how to virtue signal.
The capper of this stupidity is Acosta insisting that expecting immigrants to know English means that our only immigrants will come from the UK and Australia. Yes, the media is that stupid.
ACOSTA: What you’re proposing here or the president’s proposing here does not sound like it’s in keeping American tradition when it comes to immigration. The Statue of Liberty says: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’ It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or be able to be a computer programmer. Aren’t you trying to change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country if you’re telling them you have to speak English? Can’t people learn how to speak English when they get here?
MILLER: Well, first of all, right now, it’s a requirement that to be naturalized, you have to speak English, so the notion that speaking English wouldn’t be a part of immigration systems would be actually ahistorical. Secondly, I don’t want get off onto a whole thing about history here, but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty enlightening the world. The poem you’re referring to was added later. It’s not actually a part of the original Statue of Liberty, but more fundamentally, history–
ACOSTA: You’re saying that does not represent what the country has always thought of as immigration coming into this country. Stephen, I’m sorry. That sounds like some like national park revisionism. The Statue of Liberty has always been a beacon of hope to the world for people to send people to this country, and they’re not always going to speak English, Stephen. They’re not always going to be highly skilled. They’re not always going to be–
MILLER: Jim, I appreciate your speech, so let’s talk about this. In 1970, when we let in 300,000 people a year, was that violating or not violating the Statue of Liberty law of the land? In the 1990s, when it was half a million a year, was it violating or not violating the Statue of Liberty law of the land. When it was 700,000 a year– No, tell me what years meet Jim Acosta’s definition of the Statue of Liberty home law of the land. So you’re saying a million a year is the Statue of Liberty number – 900,000 violates it, 800,000 violates it?
ACOSTA: You’re sort of bringing a touch one for English philosophy here to immigration, and that’s never been what the United States has been about.
MILLER: But your statement is also shockingly ahistorical in another respect, too — which is, if you look at the history of immigration, it’s actually ebbed and flowed. You’ve had periods of very large waves, followed by periods of less immigration and more immigration. And during the —
ACOSTA: We’re in a low period of immigration right now. The president wants to build a wall and you want to bring about a sweeping change to the immigration system.
MILLER: Surely, Jim, you don’t actually think that a wall affects Green Card policy. You couldn’t possibly believe that, or do you? Actually, the notion that you actually think immigration is at a historic lull — the foreign-born population in the United States today —
ACOSTA: The president was just with the new Chief of Staff on Monday talking about how border crossings were way down.
MILLER: I want to be serious, Jim. Do you really at CNN not know the difference between Green Card policy and illegal immigration? You really don’t know the —
ACOSTA: Sir, my father was a Cuban immigrant. He came to this country in 1962 right before the Cuban Missile Crisis and obtained a Green Card. Yes, people who immigrate to this country can eventually — people who immigrate to this country not through Ellis Island, as your family may have, but in other ways, do obtain a Green Card at some point.
They do it through a lot of hard work, and, yes, they may learn English as a second language later on in life, but this whole notion of ‘well, they have to learn English before they get to the United States,’ are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?
MILLER: Jim, it’s actually — I have to honestly say I am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It’s actually — it reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree that in your mind —
ACOSTA: Sir, it’s not a cosmopolitan —
MILLER: No, this is an amazing moment. This an amazing moment. That you think only people from Great Britain or Australia would speak English is so insulting to millions of hardworking immigrants who do speak English from all over the world.
ACOSTA: My father came to this country not speaking any English.
MILLER: Jim, have you honestly never met an immigrant from another country who speaks English outside of Great Britain and Australia? Is that your personal experience?
ACOSTA: Of course, there are people who come into this country from other parts of the world.
MILLER: But that’s not what you said, and it shows your cosmopolitan bias, and I just want to say —
ACOSTA: It just sounds like you’re trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country through this policy.
MILLER: Jim, that is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you’ve ever said, and for you that’s still a really — the notion that you think that this is a racist bill is so wrong and so insulting.
ACOSTA: I didn’t say it was a racist bill.
MILLER: Jim, the reality is, is that the foreign-born population into our country has quadrupled since 1970. That’s a fact. It’s been mostly driven by Green Card policy. Now, this bill allows for immediate nuclear family members to come into the country, much as they would today, and it adds an additional points-based system. The people who have been hurt the most —
ACOSTA: You’re saying that people have to be English speaking when they’re naturalized. What is this English-speaking component that you’ve inserted into this? I don’t understand.
MILLER: The people who have been hurt the most by the policy you’re advocating are —
ACOSTA: What policy am I advocating?
MILLER: Apparently, just unfettered, uncontrolled migration. The people who have been hurt the most by the policy —