As President Trump announced his new action on legal immigration today and revealed a proposed bill to allow immigrants entry to the United States based on their skill level, the press was waiting eagerly with loaded questions and Statue of Liberty quotes.
Stephen Miller, one of Trump’s top advisors, was apparently prepared for a fight at the podium, as mainstream CNN reporter Jim Acosta attempted to enter what seemed more like a high school debate than a legitimate question and answer session.
Acosta came loaded with an open borders advocate’s favorite strategy of citing a poem on the Statue of Liberty written by Emma Lazarus, whose wording is used to try and portray America as a nation founded on unrestricted immigration from the poorest countries in the world.
Acosta challenging him over the spirit of the Statue of Liberty and the poem added to the platform of the monument. Acosta cited the poem’s line stating, “give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.”
Acosta continued by saying, “The Statue of Liberty has always been a beacon of hope to the world for people to send their people to this country, and they’re not always going to speak English Stephen, they’re not always going to be highly skilled.”
Miller responded by proving Acosta is not pursuing real journalism, but rather is bent on pushing an open-borders agenda favored by his globalist overlords:
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 1990s, when we let in half a million people a year, was that violating or not violating the law of the land? Tell me what years meet Jim Acosta’s definition of the Statue of Liberty per law of the land. You’re saying a million a year is the Statue of Liberty number — 900,000 violates, 800,000 violates it.
He went on to point out the historical inaccuracy of Acosta’s claims:
Your statements are also shockingly ahistorical in another respect too, which is, if you look at the history of immigration, it has actually ebbed and flowed, we’ve had very large waves, periods of less immigration and more immigration.
Acosta went on to challenge Miller, arguing that Trump wants to bring a “sweeping change to the immigration system” by building a wall, and falsely claiming that immigration is now at a “historic low.”
You don’t actually think the wall affects green card policy? You couldn’t possibly believe that could you? Actually, the notion that you actually think immigration is at a historic low. Do you at CNN really not know the difference between green card policy and illegal immigration?
Then, as most liberals do when they are cornered by facts and logic, Acosta turns to the tried and true defense mechanism of mentioning his race/parent’s immigration status, as if that somehow adds credibility to his false claims.
Acosta claimed that, as the son of a Cuban immigrant, he fully understands green card policy and suggested that if the administration seeks to prioritize English speakers, that policy would mean “only bringing in people from Britain and Australia.”
Miller fired back with a heavy dose of reality:
Jim, I just got to say, I am shocked by 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 … this is an amazing moment … that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would speak English is so insulting to millions of hard-working immigrants that do speak English from all over the world.
Miller did a fantastic job of using a liberal’s own tactics against him, which is to say Acosta was insulting millions of hard-working immigrants from countries other than the UK and Australia who speak English.
In fact, the UK and Australia don’t even make the list of the top 5 countries that have the most English speaks and the highest English proficiency. Perhaps Acosta would be shocked to learn that India and Pakistan outrank them both.
- United States: 268M English Speakers.
- India: 125M English Speakers.
- Pakistan : 94,321,604 English Speakers.
- The Philippines: 90M English Speakers.
- Nigeria: 79M English Speakers.
“I don’t want to get off into a whole thing about history here,” Miller said. “The poem that you’re referring to you was added later. It is not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.”
Miller is correct, as it wasn’t until 20 years after the Statue of Liberty was erected that Emma Lazarus’s sonnet titled “The New Colossus” was inscribed on the base.
Even the Washington Post, a left-wing news outlet in which you will be hard pressed to find a positive headline regarding the Trump administration, had to admit that Stephen Miller “was right about the Statue of Liberty’s famous inscription”.
Watch Acosta as he humiliated in an epic manner by Stephen Miller and his correct historical references/facts.
This entire episode is a perfect example of what a typical argument between a conservative and liberal looks like, as both Miller and Acosta are using their political alignment’s preferred strategies of winning a verbal battle. A liberal like Acosta appeals to the emotional aspect of an argument by citing a poem in attempts to make his opponent look like a “meanie”. A conservative such as Miller uses facts and history to prove Acosta’s argument false and invalid.
Unfortunately, while facts always overcome emotional arguments, they are largely ineffective against the staunchest of leftists, as they will simply ignore them in favor of “feeling good”.