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CNN’s Jim Acosta argues immigration policy at White House briefing, gets schooled

CNN’s Jim Acosta argues immigration policy at White House briefing, gets schooled

Stephen Miller teaches “journalist” Acosta about history

We all know that CNN’s Jim Acosta enjoys playing the role as an activist instead of a journalist, anything to bring attention to himself. He attempted to do just that on Wednesday, but fell flat on his face and made a fool of himself and his employer.

President Donald Trump’s policy advisor Stephen Miller attended the White House press briefing to explain the RAISE act, an immigration policy, that Trump endorsed Wednesday morning.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) developed the plan and Trump explained that the “application process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy.”

Acosta tried to debate Miller on the English speaking part of the RAISE act and failed miserably.

The Exchange Between Acosta and Miller

Here’s the exchange:

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?

MR. 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 our immigration system would be actually very ahistorical.

Secondly, I don’t want to get off into a whole thing about history here, but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty and lighting the world. It’s a symbol of American liberty lighting the world. The poem that you’re referring to, that was added later, is not actually a part of the original Statue of Liberty.

But more fundamentally, the history —

Q You’re saying that that does not represent what the country —

MR. MILLER: I’m saying that the notion —

Q — has always thought of as immigration coming into this country?

MR. MILLER: I’m saying the notion —

Yes, the conversation became about the Statue of Liberty with Acosta saying that the speech on the statue is law of the land:

Q — 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 somebody who can go to work at Silicon Valley right away.

MR. MILLER: Jim, I appreciate your speech. So let’s talk about this.

Q It was a modest and incremental speech.

MR. MILLER: Jim, 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?

Q Was it violating the Statue of Liberty and the —

MR. MILLER: No, tell me what years — tell me what years —

Q (Inaudible) call for a deportation force?

MR. MILLER: Tell me what years meet Jim Acosta’s definition of the Statue of Liberty poem 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?

But here’s the meat and potatoes of the whole thing. Acosta starts to feel like he’s winning and thinks it’s smart to imply that only people in Great Britain and Australia can speak English. Miller destroys the ignorance that Acosta just presented:

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?

MR. 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 —

Q Sir, it’s not a cosmopolitan —

MR. 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.

Q My father came to this country not speaking any English.

MR. 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?

Q Of course, there are people who come into this country from other parts of the world.

MR. MILLER: But that’s not what you said, and it shows your cosmopolitan bias. And I just want to say —

Q It just sounds like you’re trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country through this policy.

MR. 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.

Why Miller is Correct

Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, backed up Miller in an opinion piece at Politico. First off, Lowry wrote that it doesn’t make sense to align 21st century immigration policy to a 19th century poem.

Acosta only has a problem with the English speaking portion of the bill, unaware that speaking English in other countries help workers. Lowry reminds Acosta that 125 million people in India speak English. Miller is correct: speaking English “is already a requirement for naturalization.”

And if we really have to have a lesson on the Statue of Liberty here it is:

When Miller pointed out that Lady Liberty was conceived as a symbol of … liberty and the famous Emma Lazarus poem added later, Acosta accused him of “national park revisionism”—even though Miller was correct.

At the dedication of the statue in 1886, President Grover Cleveland declared that the statue’s “stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man’s oppression until Liberty enlightens the world.” His soaring oration did not include the admonition that so-called comprehensive immigration reform would henceforth be considered the only acceptable immigration policy for the United States.

Lazarus’ poem was added in a plaque in 1903. The words are not, as Acosta and so many others believe, emblazoned on the statue itself—the plaque is now displayed in an exhibition within the pedestal.

Tucker Carlson Blasts Acosta Over His Ignorance

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has never been one to hold back. During his opening segment, Carlson blasted Acosta and CNN for the behavior displayed at the White House:

“They are utterly ignorant on the subject of immigration,” said Carlson. “And yet and here’s the amazing part, they are still filled with absolute moral certainty and boundless self-righteousness. They are buffoons, in other words. They are the drunk at the party with bad breath who won’t stop talking. Wow, is that embarrassing!”

Conservative author Mark Steyn joined Carlson, who also could not believe Acosta implied that only those from Great Britain and Australia speak English:

Carlson and his guest, conservative author Mark Steyn, mocked Acosta’s assertion that the new immigration plan is designed to only “bring in people from Great Britain and Australia.”

“The idea that this is just some pasty white man’s language is so deranged,” Steyn said. “Almost a third of the members of the United Nations are proficient English more or less.”

Carlson added, “Jim Acosta thinks English is a race.”


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…and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy.

Since Jim Acosta doesn’t seem to demonstrate any skills, of any type, shouldn’t he be deported?

Common Sense | August 3, 2017 at 8:55 am

Acosta got schooled time after time. Completely destroyed.
He had nothing but progressive babble about bring a racist.

Spanked in front of the entire county. CNN should yank him from the White House. What a major embarrassment.

thalesofmiletus | August 3, 2017 at 9:04 am

Everyone knows that poem is the Zeroth Amendment to the US Constitution and only rasiss know that it was added to the Statue of Immigration at a later date. That is forbidden knowledge!

    Yes, it’s absurd when leftists pretend that Socialist Emma Lazarus’ silly 19th Century poem is somehow official U.S. immigration policy. Or does Acosta think that it should actually be our policy to admit only other nations’ “wretched refuse”? And if we’re really only admitting those who are “yearning to breathe free,” then why are over half of our current immigrants on some kind of government welfare program?

    The Statue of Liberty was supposed to be holding her torch as a beacon of light showing other nations the way. Not showing the way for the rest of the world to come here and mooch off of us, but showing the way for them to establish liberty in their own lands. If Acosta is really concerned about honoring the historical meaning of the statue, then he should go back to Cuba and fight for liberty there.

The White House has to start
who act as if Press Briefings
were debates.

There was a reporter named Jim,
Who recited a poem on a whim,
Steve Miller took issue,
Now Jim needs a tissue,
And the world knows his wits
Are quite dim.

“Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” — Stephen Miller

Fox anchor on Miller: ‘Don’t put that guy in front of cameras again’

Best Spicier parody tweet ever:

Hey @CNN
Jim Acosta will be late getting back to the office. He’s stopping by the doctor to have Stephen Miller’s foot removed from his ass

Poor boob. Such thumping ignorance in one so achingly arrogant.

What a morbidly hilarious exposure. He could have done better to just go out on Pennsylvania Ave. and drop his trousers…!!!

To the other idiots in the press briefing they would have walked out of there patting Jimboy on the back for another fine example of giving it to the man!

The problem is these continued schoolings just fly right over the top of these morons heads because their hatred of all things Trump blinds them to even the most obvious thing right in front of them…hence why day after day they are getting owned in these briefings.

It’s become radical to assert that the primary purpose of immigration is (or shoudl be) to benefit the host country (and if it also helps the immigrant that’s good, but that’s not why sovereign states admit immigrants)?

Pres. Trump keeps being presented as a buffoon, yet this is the most sensible immigration reform I’ve heard from a U.S. president in decades. The objections to it seem to be along the lines of class warfare (“It favors the rich!”). In fact it favors the skilled over the unskilled, and those who have demonstrated talent over those who have not.

And that may indirectly favor those who are not impoverished over those who are, but since when is it government’s job to be Santa Claus to the world rather than to prioritize the interests of its citizens over those of foreigners who wish to be citizens?

    Ragspierre in reply to Albigensian. | August 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

    T-rump makes himself a buffoon. He’ll predictably do it throughout his term. It’s his character.

    And, strictly speaking, he’s had enough sense to adopt the proposal of two Congressmen. Which is good.

      kenoshamarge in reply to Ragspierre. | August 3, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Trump has always been a buffoon and anyone expecting a little thing like getting elected POTUS would chance that wasn’t thinking things through.

      However if he would just holster his ego and shut his mouth for a while this buffoon could, and would, accomplish more good than Obama or Hillary ever would.

      I fear the ego and the mouth will prevent a lot of good things from happening. I sincerely hope not.

        Ragspierre in reply to kenoshamarge. | August 3, 2017 at 10:44 am

        Rod—jor. I hope one of the strong people he has around him will help him. So far, however…

        Valerie in reply to kenoshamarge. | August 3, 2017 at 11:58 am

        “Trump-the-buffon” was a failed campaign strategy of Hillary and Bill Clinton, where they made a choice to run on character assassination instead of policy. The lies were so transparent that diligent voters noticed in droves.

        I noticed the character assassination strategy was failing during the primary season, and these fools have yet to recognize that their wounds are self-inflicted.

          bour3 in reply to Valerie. | August 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm

          It’s all these dopes have, Valerie. They elevate themselves so they think. Pathetic, actually, having them knock their silly pointed heads together all day. Goodness, they do like to show their inanity every single day, all day long. All over the place. If they could only comprehend that Trump is the C-4 intended to blow a hole through the Republican party for their sin of not representing, and mark the moment they go the way of the Whigs, and damage to Democrat party is ancillary and simply icing on the cake then they would be automatically 100X smarter. But they don’t comprehend that simple fact. Thank you, Valerie, for reading these blathering idiots in comments, so I don’t have to.

          Ragspierre in reply to Valerie. | August 3, 2017 at 9:41 pm


          Too much #realism?

          T-rump is a buffoon, has been a buffoon, and will (by every means of predicting, be a buffoon.

          He’s sick. And he won’t get better. The best we can hope for is for a strong hand to help him.

          BTW, boorish3, what you just provided was a short course in ad hominem fallacy bullshit. Driven by your cult-worship of T-rump. Every bit as ugly and un-American as was the worship of Barracula.

          TRY an argument, not T-rumpian virtue-signalling. We get too much of that crap already here.

      MarkSmith in reply to Ragspierre. | August 3, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Well this is about Jimbo and Miller. Not sure why you want to bring Trump in on it. But no surprise. Narrow minded people can’t focus on what is really happening.

    mailman in reply to Albigensian. | August 3, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Liberals need to have it drilled in to their thick skulls that being able to immigrate to America is a privilege not a right.

    Secondly, if you don’t have anything worthy to contribute to your host nation then that host nation has no need for you to come in to their country and of course it is the right of that nation to exclude you.

    Liberals on the other hand want free movement specifically because it will eventually undermine the countries ability to control those within its borders and there we see the end game. Once its impossible to control your own borders then that means Liberals are free to implement what ever nation destroying measure they want!

      Obie1 in reply to mailman. | August 3, 2017 at 11:08 am

      You don’t understand–liberals think that anything that makes them feel morally superior is a right. Health insurance? Right. Housing? Right. College tuition paid by someone else? Right. That these are actually commodities escapes them.
      Then again, keeping and bearing arms? Highly restricted and regulated privilege.

        mailman in reply to Obie1. | August 3, 2017 at 11:31 am

        Ah yes, as long as its the right kind of right they are fully behind it…unless its the wrong kind of right in which case they will kill you to ensure the wrong right is no longer a right!

buckeyeminuteman | August 3, 2017 at 10:21 am

What has made America great is the fact that people from around came here and assimilated into one culture. They kept their traditions and even their languages, but mostly for the home. Everybody learned a common language and celebrated what they had in common. Liberals today want everybody to celebrate what makes them different.

This is just both sides playing games of “gotcha”, complete with mock astonishment and faux outrage. Is that really an improvement over just one side doing it? Actually, it’s twice the silliness. It’s about as significant as reality TV. Real Wives of the White House Press Room. I can’t wait until the action figures come out.

    Sanddog in reply to tom swift. | August 3, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Is it an improvement? Yeah, I’d say so. The left has declared themselves arbiters of all that is factual, just and moral in the universe. Unfortunately, they’ve done so with the emotional and intellectual maturity of the average 6 year old. Since when do adults allow children to direct adult conversation?

Mark Steyn pointed out with Tucker that 60 nations have English as the official language…. even in “Darkest Africa”….

All the progs care about is virtual signaling and pulling the lever for every prog political candidate. The ensuing mess is for someone else to endure and clean up.

There is always a purpose to allowing immigrants into a country. And, these purposes are different, during the history of a nation, depending upon the purpose which one is attempting to achieve.

Prior to 1900, European immigration was being used to allow this nation to expand. Immigrants entered the ports of the East Coast. Some of these people moved west. Others remained in the East and both allowed and forced existing residents to move west. This allowed the US to populate, and therefore control, the area of the country between the East and West Coasts. Today, the US has no need for large numbers of immigrants. What is needed, by the country not the politicians, are high quality immigrants who provide a quick infusion of useful talents and abilities.

If one thinks of the immigration system as being analogous to a large tank of water on a farm, then the following is true. When the land is parched, as much water as possible is allowed to leave the tank with small regard to the quality of that water. When the land is wet, and unable to absorb much more water, the flow is severely reduced. And, the farmer is more concerned with the quality of the water flowing from the tank than he was when the ground was dry.

The US is “wet”. We have a large population which meets the needs of the nation. We are not expanding, internally, either physically or economically. We simply do not need a large flow of immigrants. And, as we do not need a large flow of immigrants, this nation is free to choose who to allow in based upon how they can improve this country. And, just as allowing the water to continue to flow from the tank when the ground is saturated with water, will prove detrimental to the crops being produced; the same thing is true with unfettered immigration. It is past time to turn off the tap.

I watched this as it was unfolding live on Youtube stream.
It was beautiful to see and behold!!!
Loved every second of it.

More Asians speak English than all of the English speaking nations combined. It’s the international language of business.

It is wonderful that Acosta quotes the words of a Zionist.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | August 3, 2017 at 7:34 pm

Jim, Jim, Jim, Jim, Jim, Jim, Jim, Jim, Jim, Jim, Jim.