I suppose you can consider this somewhat of a sequel article to “Trump’s New Immigration Plan: Do Democrats Oppose It Because They Want Slaves?" since it stays within the same topic that the Left opposes this plan. But I won’t be talking about the economic aspects of this plan. No, I’ll actually be talking about an exchange between CNN’s Jim Acosta and White House adviser Stephen Miller at a press briefing recently.
CNN’s Jim Acosta began by saying: “What you’re proposing, or what the President is proposing, does not sound like it’s in keeping with American tradition when it comes to immigration.” Afterwards, he began to quote a line from the Statue of Liberty’s famous poem: “The New Colossus”, written by Emma Lazarus: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Then he followed that by saying: “It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or being 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?”
First of all, Acosta is quoting The New Colossus as though it were an actual law, rather than what it is: A POEM! He’s basically saying: “You can’t do that because this poem in the Statue of Liberty says you can’t! Because that’s against immigration!” It’s just a poem. Quoting it makes no difference in the actual process of legislation. It’s not a LAW that the U.S. HAS to bring in people from everywhere. It’s a POEM meant to signify the U.S. as a place where those suffering from oppression and wish to live free are welcomed to this great Land of the Free. To the Land of Opportunity. It’s not a REQUIREMENT that we have to bring everyone in.
Second, it’s plainly obvious that Acosta doesn’t know what the conversation is about. “Can’t people learn how to speak English when they get here?” If we’re bringing in high-skill and high-intelligence workers, NO DUH THEY HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE! Those who don’t know how to speak and REFUSE to learn the language and still want to come here are often times ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS! The people that work as landscapers, janitors, low-wage farmers and maids in hotels! But those who, let’s use Acosta’s example, are computer programmers SHOULD KNOW HOW TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE TO COME HERE!
And Stephen Miller agrees. Miller replied to Acosta with: “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 would actually be very ahistorical. Secondly,… the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty lighting the world. It’s a symbol of American liberty lighting the world. The poem that you’re referring to was added later. It’s not actually a part of the original Statue of Liberty. But more fundamentally –“ and then he’s interrupted by Acosta.
Acosta: “So, you’re saying that that does not represent what the country has always thought of as immigration coming into this country?” To which Miller attempted to reply: “I’m saying that the notion of-“ before he was rudely interrupted once again.
Acosta interrupted with: “Stephen, I’m sorry. That sounds like some National Park revisionism. The Statue of Liberty has always been a symbol of hope to the world for people to send people to this country and they’re not always going to speak English, Stephen.” Miller then once again tried to reply with: “Jim, do you believe-“ before being interrupted once again by Acosta, who said: “They’re not always going to be highly skilled.”
I won’t write the whole debate between Miller and Jim-terrupting Acosta, but here is one key point of the exchange:
Acosta at one point asked:“… 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?” To which Miller told Acosta that he was shocked at the journalist’s statement that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. And then begins to expose Acosta’s “cosmopolitan bias” and exposing him as insulting those that come from other countries who know English. Funny enough, that includes yours truly.
I’ve said in the previous article that I, myself, am an immigrant. And I learned English well before my family even began the immigration process, because we knew we wanted to come to this country eventually. My mother spoke to me in English and Spanish since the day I was born, knowing that, at a minimum, a second language would be useful to me. And so, we did our due diligence and learned how to speak English (as best we could at the time) and eventually got here without the worry of not being able to speak to anyone here. Is it really too much to ask that other immigrants do the same if they want to come here? And why wouldn’t they want to be prepared and know English when they come here? Would they be looking to simply take advantage of the economic opportunities in the U.S. (as most illegal immigrants do)?
What I’m getting at is that this bill would actually HELP immigrants AND the country by bringing in the best of the best from other countries, so long as they are able to speak the language, support their families and contribute to the American economy. But the Left, who is definitely filled with complete anger and hatred towards Trump (and racism against immigrants whose native language is not English), thinks that this bill is awful, racist and bigoted, even though the bill is simply common sense: bring in the best. It’s the same as when a company hires someone. They only want the best for the job.
But the Left sees this bill as hateful towards immigrants (even though this particular immigrant doesn’t think so). They are so hateful that, in my research of The New Colossus, I found an article written on ThinkProgress.com (and you might already be able to guess the title, given the name of this obviously liberal site). I won’t be getting into the actual contents of the article, but this is the headline: “Stephen Miller attacks Statue of Liberty poem, echoing popular white nationalist talking point.” With the subheading being: “Online racists celebrated Miller’s performance.”
Yep, typical liberal, over-emotional response to a conservative’s logical argument. When they can’t say anything else, they resort to calling us racist. Well, at least you know, if you’re having an argument with a liberal, that you’ve won when they call you racist.
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