A few enlightened liberals have begun to realize that immigration is one of the biggest reasons that the Democratic Party is in the morass it’s in now. After pivoting to the extreme left for years under President Obama, the party has left behind many of the middle-and-working class voters who used to be faithful Democrats. This gap, combined with the actual harmful effects of unrestrained legal and illegal immigration, was largely responsible for Trump shocking sweep of the so-called Rust Belt states.
Still, it seems that the majority of the party (and their cheerleaders in the media) has yet to get the memo.
This was obvious on Wednesday when CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta flat-out embarrassed himself and his network by getting into a rhetorical scuffle with Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller. Miller, who was giving a press briefing on the White House’s support of the RAISE Act – a law that would place tight restrictions on legal immigration – was subjected to the third degree by Acosta, who seemed to believe that Emma Lazarus’s poem on the Statue of Liberty constitutes the basis for U.S. immigration law.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” reads the famous poem. “The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Acosta challenged Miller to explain how the poem, entitled “The New Colossus,” jibed with the immigration policies endorsed by President Trump. To which Miller responded simply that the poem was added years after the statue’s construction and did not reflect America’s position towards immigration.
“It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or being able to be a computer programmer,” Acosta said. “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 when they get here?”
Miller scoffed at this, reminding Acosta that the ability to speak English has long been a component of our naturalization laws. “So the notion that speaking English wouldn’t be a part of immigration systems would be very ahistorical,” explained Miller.
Acosta, though, having completely abandoned his journalistic objectivity, snidely asked: “Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?”
Miller said, “I have to say, I am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree that in your mind — no, this is an amazing moment. Jim, have you honestly never met an immigrant from another country who speaks English outside of Great Britain and Australia?”
The really shocking thing, though, is that there were immediately write-ups all over the liberal web accusing Miller of using “white supremacist” talking points by denouncing the Statue of Liberty poem. Apparently it is racist to suggest that our immigration laws shouldn’t turn the United States into the nation’s human garbage can? News to us.
This was an eye-opening moment, though. Hopefully, the voters who have thus far been on the fence about President Trump can now see just how far to the extremes the left is going when it comes to immigration, and thus why it’s so important to enact policies that put our laws back in line with common sense and logic.