In a heated exchange, CNN’s Jim Acosta and White House aide Stephen Miller sparred over President Trump’s immigration policy. Acosta started his line of questioning citing the Emma Lazarus famous poem “The New Colossus,” which is memorialized on a bronze plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
What you’re proposing, or what the president’s proposing here, does not sound like it’s in keeping with American tradition when it comes to immigration. The Statue of Liberty says, “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,” 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?
Miller slammed Acosta’s idiocy, claiming that Acosta assumed that immigrants from non-Anglophone countries weren’t capable of learning English prior to immigrating to the United States, as well as for advocating for a loose immigration policy that would harm legal immigrants and various American communities. He also said that the Statue of Liberty does not constitute United States immigration policy, much to Acosta’s chagrin. Watch the full exchange below:
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 2, 2017
Since Miller slapped Acosta for appealing to the authority of the Statue of Liberty, many on the Left went ballistic.
— Anne Frank Center (@AnneFrankCenter) August 2, 2017
1. Stephen Miller attacked the Statue of Liberty poem today, echoing a popular white nationalist talking point https://t.co/z1Q0HkyJoz
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 2, 2017
Steve Miller now disowning the Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty, saying the statue was never meant to welcome poor huddled masses.
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) August 2, 2017
OMG. Miller is arguing the poem on the Statue of Liberty doesn’t matter because it was “added later.”
— Paige Lavender (@paigelav) August 2, 2017
Despite the collective outrage that the Left projected over Miller’s dismissal of the poem, it forgot where its words are codified in federal law. You can find it below:
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In other words, the sentiment of the poem does not reflect anything about United States immigration law. Instead, immigration law consists of various regulations and statutory law that ensures the protection of the border as well as opening doors to individuals and families who come to the United States legally. However, the law does not advocate an unvetted process for people to arrive in the United States simply because they are “tired, poor, or your huddled masses.” To insinuate that immigration policy should be an open-borders system simply because it makes one feel good does nothing positive for the United States and its citizens.
The Left, of course, strongly disagrees. Many have protested ICE for deporting known criminals and individuals protected by the unconstitutional DACA and DAPA programs. The Democrats also oppose Trump’s “wall,” which has yet to be funded or constructed, and it has used the judiciary to stop President Trump’s executive order to block funding for sanctuary cities. Thus, it should not surprise anyone that Jim Acosta went ballistic at Miller, but his decision to fall upon the sword of an Emma Lazarus poem at the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty is nothing short of pathetic and idiotic.