On Wednesday, President Trump announced his support for a bill written by two GOP Senators which would drastically curb legal immigration into the United States, again trying to toss more red meat to his anti-immigrant base as his poll numbers continue to plummet.
Standing with Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA), Trump heralded a new plan which would decrease the level of legal immigration into the United States by proposing a skills-based immigration system.
Later, at the daily press briefing, White House adviser Stephen Miller went into greater detail about the immigration plan, commenting:
“This is what President Trump campaigned on. He talked about it throughout the campaign, throughout the transition, and since coming into office. This is a major promise to the American people to push for merit-based immigration reform that protects US workers, protects US taxpayers, and protects the US economy, and that prioritizes the needs of our own citizens, our own residents and our own workers.”
When it was time for questions, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Miller:
“What you’re proposing here or what the president is proposing 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 if you are telling them they have to speak English. Can’t they learn to speak English when they get here?”
Miller, looking as if Acosta had just accused him of being a serial killer, replied angrily:
“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 in 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 part of the Statue of Liberty.”
True, the poem was indeed added later, but does that make it any less valid? The Bill of Rights was added after the Constitution had already been written, so does that make it null and void? No doubt there are plenty of amendments in the Constitution the Trump administration would love to take a flamethrower to.
Once again the Trump team shows their true colors, and those colors are all lily-white in order to better match their hoods and robes.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org