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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Beat the Press

Sarah Sanders brought in to today's press briefing White House immigration expert Stephen Miller to answer reporter questions about the plan to limit legal immigration.

He pantsed Glenn Thrush of the New York Times and CNN's Jimmy "Olsen" Acosta.

First up, the Thrusher.
THRUSH: First of all, let's have some statistics. There have been a lot of studies out there that don't show a correlation between low-skilled immigration and the loss of jobs for native workers.
Cite for me, if you could, one or two studies with specific numbers that prove the correlation between those two things, because your entire policy is based on that.
And, secondly, I have sources that told me about a month ago that you guys have sort of elbowed infrastructure out of the way to get immigration on the legislative queue. Tell me why this is more important than infrastructure.
MILLER: The latter statement isn't true.
I think the most recent study I will point to is the study from George Borjas that he just did about the Mariel boatlift and he went back and reexamined and opened up the old data and talked about how it actually did reduce wages for workers who were living there at the time.
And Borjas has, of course, done enormous amounts of research on this, as has Peter Kirsanow on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, as has Steve Camarota at the Center for Immigration Studies and so on and so forth. 
MILLER: Right. And their recent study said that as much as $300 billion a year may be lost as a result of our current immigration system in terms of folks drawing more public benefits than they're paying in.
But let's also use common sense here, folks. At the end of the day, why do special interests want to bring in more low-skilled workers?
MILLER: Maybe we will make a carve-out in the bill that says "The New York Times" can hire all the low-skilled, less paid workers they want from other countries, and see how you feel then about low-wage substitution. 
I do believe they already hire the low-skilled, and assign them the White House.

Then came Acosta.

It was an epic meltdown in which Acosta asserted a poem is the law of the land, and did not realize there is a requirement to speak English to become a citizen.

ACOSTA: What you’re proposing, or what the President is 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 yearning to breathe free.”  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?

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 --

ACOSTA:   You’re saying that that does not represent what the country --

MR. MILLER:  I'm saying that the notion --

ACOSTA:    -- has always thought of as immigration coming into this country?

MR. MILLER:  I'm saying the notion --

ACOSTA:   Stephen, I'm sorry, but that sounds like some --

MR. MILLER:  Jim, let me ask you a question.

ACOSTA:   That sounds like some National Park revisionism.  (Laughter.)

MR. MILLER:  No.  What I'm asking you is --

ACOSTA:   The Statue of Liberty has always been a beacon of hope to the world for people to send their people to this country --

MR.  MILLER:  Jim -- Jim, do you believe --

ACOSTA:   -- 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.

ACOSTA:   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?

ACOSTA:   Was it violating the Statue of Liberty and the --

MR. MILLER:  No, tell me what years -- tell me what years -- 
ACOSTA:   (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?

ACOSTA:  You’re sort of bringing a "press one for English" philosophy here to immigration, and that’s never been what the United States has been about, Stephen.  I mean, that's just the case --

MR. MILLER:  But your statement is also shockingly ahistorical in another respect, too -- which is, if you look at the history of immigration, it's actually ebbed and flowed.  You’ve had periods of very large waves, followed by periods of less immigration and more immigration.  And during the --

ACOSTA:   We’re in a low period of immigration right now.  The President wants to build a wall and you want to bring about a sweeping change to the immigration system.
MR. MILLER:  Surely, Jim, you don’t actually think that a wall affects Green Card policy.  You couldn’t possibly believe that, or do you?  Actually, the notion that you actually think immigration is at a historic lull -- the foreign-born population in the United States today --

ACOSTA:   The President was just with the new Chief of Staff on Monday talking about how border crossings were way down.

MR. MILLER:  I want to be serious, Jim.  Do you really at CNN not know the difference between Green Card policy and illegal immigration?  You really don’t know the --

ACOSTA:   Sir, my father was a Cuban immigrant.  He came to this country in 1962 right before the Cuban Missile Crisis and obtained a Green Card.
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 --

ACOSTA:  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.

ACOSTA:  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?

ACOSTA:  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 --

ACOSTA:   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.

ACOSTA:   I didn’t say it was a racist bill.
MR. MILLER:  Jim, the reality is, is that the foreign-born population into our country has quadrupled since 1970.  That’s a fact.  It’s been mostly driven by Green Card policy.  Now, this bill allows for immediate nuclear family members to come into the country, much as they would today, and it adds an additional points-based system.  The people who have been hurt the most --

ACOSTA:  You’re saying that people have to be English speaking when they're naturalized.  What is this English-speaking component that you've inserted into this?  I don’t understand.
MR. MILLER:  The people who have been hurt the most by the policy you’re advocating are --

ACOSTA:  What policy am I advocating?

MR. MILLER:  Apparently, just unfettered, uncontrolled migration.  The people who have been hurt the most by the policy --
ACOSTA:  (Inaudible) is for open borders.  That's the same tired thing that --
MR. MILLER:  The people who have been hurt the most by the policy you’re advocating are immigrant workers and minority workers and African American workers and Hispanic workers.
Acosta's ignorance about immigration was astounding.

But it fits my theory about CNN. It hires and promotes stupid people because they are easily manipulated. Wolf "I Lost on Jeopardy, Baby" Blitzer and Don "A Blackhole Swallowed the Plane" Lemon, as well as Chris "Fake News Is the N-Word" Cuomo form a team.

The Just Us Dummies League of America.

At any rate, Miller beat the press today. You have to wonder if other reporters don't roll their eyeballs when Thrush or Acosta take the stage.

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  1. The boys in the "Dummy" seats strike (OUT) again.

  2. Immigrants used to show they had a sponsor who would take financial responsibility for them rather than let them become a public burden. How many foreigners has Acosta or any liberal personally taken financial responsibility for? Shouldn't they be required to do so before preaching to us about compassion?

  3. Jim Acosta has confused The Statue of Liberty with the Welcome Wagon Lady.

  4. If you got off the boat at Ellis Island they put you through a medical exam and you had to have a certain amount of money and meet working criteria. There was no Social Security in the early days of immigration, just a group of people coming here for the work. Now they come for the benefits.

    Why do I have to pay out of state tuition if my daughter wants to attend a Texas school, but if the kid is the child of a Mexican they get in-state tuition? This isn't right.

    Means testing for students is one thing, but deliberate discrimination should be illegal.

    People are fed up. What will we do when the Congress of the US, both parties, fail to deliver on this?

  5. already in the Hamptons, where the NYT scion has a modest well manicured palace, the illegals that change all bed linens everyday in the empty 8 bedroom mansions of the rich are annoying their masters by going to the beaches in hoards, making noise and messes, packing themselves into cheap motels to sleep on floors so as to be available the next day for the untaxed cash they live on, to baby sit their kids while talking endlessly of their free cell phones to their homeland while their neglected white charges stare into space from 2000$ hooded prams learning Spanish by osmosis. Lacking a maid's job some now show up naked in Times Square to thrill the tourist boobs with their own thinly painted ones. Scary.
    But, one can never have enough slaves, I'm sure Acosta would agree. As one Mistress said to me, "I need to change maids because the one I have is too short to hang my longer gowns". Disposable help is what is desired by the masters of the universe, preferably flushable.
    My father came through Ellis Island. He spoke not a word
    of English on arrival, but one of his proudest achievements was his near lack of an accent when speaking it within a few years, even though he was already fluent in two others tongues. Acosta is a fool, or maybe afraid for his own job.

  6. Acosta is going to cost the press pool their precious televised briefings once again...

    1. He's turning the WH televised press briefings into The Jim Acosta Show, I guess because CNN won't give him his own show.

  7. "Give me your tired...." was well before America became a welfare state; if you didn't make it you went back home, you didn't get to sit around living off of someone else's labor. And if you hit Ellis Island with an infection, the sniffles, whatever, - back on the boat you went.

    And seriously, is Thrush denying the concept of supply and demand which works for labor like it does any other product. Emotional morons.

  8. The problem with today's media is that they just don't understand boundaries.

    Specifically, the Pain-In-The-Ass Threshold.

  9. Jim Acosta stands in well for today's Left. They don't shiite from Shinola but strut about self-importantly demanding to know why this and why not that. They need to demonstrate a command of history before trying to lecture somebody else about it.