CNN gets a fine slapping.

For some reason that asshole, Acosta, seems to think the poem at the Statue of Liberty is somehow law or part of our Constitution. It is not.

Too bad Miller did not tell him that.

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller found himself clashing with CNN correspondent Jim Acosta at Wednesday’s White House press briefing.

“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,'” Acosta said, quoting from the poem The New Colossus, which was inscribed on the statue after its erection.

“It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or be a computer programmer,” Acosta continued. “Aren’t you trying to change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country if you are telling them you have to speak English? Can’t people learn to speak English when they get here?”

Miller pointed out that English is already a requirement of naturalization.

“The notion that speaking English wouldn’t be a part of an immigration system would actually be very ahistorical,” he said.

Miller further rejected Acosta’s reference to the Statue of Liberty, noting that the poem Acosta had cited was added later.

Acosta and Miller then began to speak loudly over each other, with Acosta accusing Miller of “national park revisionism.”

“The Statue of Liberty has always been a beacon of hope to the world for people to send people to this country, and they’re not always going to speak English, Stephen, they’re not always going to be highly skilled,” Acosta said.

But Miller pointed out that historical immigration levels, from the early to late 20th century, were in conflict with Acosta’s criticism.

“If you look at the history of immigration, it’s actually ebbed and flowed,” he said.

“Do you really at CNN not know the difference between green card policy and illegal immigration?” he asked.

Acosta is known for his sometimes adversarial relationship with the White House, including new White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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  1. dekare says:

    At one time, common sense was everywhere. Almost everyone had it. That is why it was called “COMMON”. When the inscription on the Statue of Liberty was placed there, it was well understood that the “tired, poor and huddled” masses would come here and work hard, learn the language of their new homeland, swear allegiance to her, and LOVE this country for all the things it gave them. It need not be said, it need not be written down. No asterick was needed at the end of the inscription with fine print underneath stating what was expected in return. Nope, it was understand that there was a trade off. The tired poor huddled masses would give something back.

    Today, the tired poor huddled masses want to come here, get handed free stuff, free housing, free food, free healthcare, and wanted to do nothing for these things. In fact, they now demand that this country become more like the hellhole they just left, just so they don’t get too homesick, or maybe so they don’t have to change their ways….the ways that caused their homeland to become the place people wanted to leave.

    Teddy Roosevelt said it best…
    “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
    Theodore Roosevelt 1907

    But nope, better to play Lawyer and require EVERYTHING be written down so that no one, no matter how stupid or retarded they may be, misunderstands what is expected of them. But of course, isn’t that what President Trump and so many others are trying to do? Make laws and adjust existing laws so that it is well understood. But when they do, the laws get struck down as being “mean” and “hurtful”. And those that try to do this get labelled as racist, xenophobic, hateful and on and on.

    And look what has happened because we stated we wanted poor hungry tired huddled masses. We got them…and they did nothing in return but demand more and more. They complain it is not enough, and that anything that upsets them is mean. They scream and yell that by requiring something in return, that we are denying them their culture and their religious beliefs. Well, if you culture and beliefs were so damned great, why is it that a country full of people who believe in your culture and beliefs a complete cesspool, filled with disease, starvation and utterly lacking in hope?

    The fact should be, that if you want to come here and avail yourself to all the wonderful benefits, you must give up some things, and acquire some new things in order to benefit everyone…both you and your new host country.

    And yes, the reporter asshole is right…it does not say that they must learn english or adapt in anyway to this great land. But it also doesn’t say they are to get free stuff either. Stuff paid for by other people who must work a little harder, and suffer a little more, just so that this one immigrant can come here.

    It should be well understood and need not be written anywhere…that if you come to America, you must bring something to the table. Companies not employ people because they need a job. Companies do not give out paychecks and other benefits without getting something in return. And no one needs to have it written down to understand how employment works…it is well understood. And just like companies, America expects something in return for the benefit of coming here. Hell, at the very least, if you are not going to contribute, is it at least too damned much to ask that you at least NOT BE DETRIMENT?

    And if you are concerned with immigrants, well what about the immigrants who are here legally, and are contributing to the greatness of this country? Do they not deserve the right to keep their wealth and use it to prosper? Do they not have the right to not support someone who may turn around and rob them or rape them?

    America can not take everyone. See this video here for a great way to understand this concept.

    We only has so many seats so to speak. If we are going to let someone in and take one of these well desired seats, should it not be someone who wants to become American. Someone who will not come here with hand out asking for something and demanding more. Someone who does want to work hard and contribute in making America great. Surely it is not that hard to find those that want to come here who do have a skill and a means of supporting themselves and their families. But nope, better to bring in dregs of society, for the sole purpose that they NEED HELP. Or is it because they will vote democrat? HMMMM.

    Companies succeed because it hires the people who contribute and pull their weight. people who provide something to the company in excess of what the company pays them. The company then takes this excess, and uses that to grow and expand, where it can then hire more people, who do the same and so on and so, ever growing and ever provided more and more wealth for more and more people.

    The moment you start bringing in people who contribute nothing, but instead, drain resources, you stop growing, and either become stagnant or worse, shrink. And if that company continues this way, it will not be long before not only can the company no longer hire new employees, it can no longer support those that already work there. Next thing you know, people are taking wage cuts or worse, being fired. And if the company endures this for too long, it goes under. And then no one has a job. And these once prosperous employees become a poor, tired huddled mass. And where will they go.

    There is no other country that can do what America has done. Yes, America is not perfect…no system is and no country is perfect. And if all you do it look for the imperfections, than that is all you will see. But if you look for the great things, the benefits that America has done, the ideals that we uphold, even if we do not meet them, well, no other country can hold a candle to what America has done. Instead of looking at the people throughout the world that America has not helped…look instead at the 320 million people whose lives are much much better. Even our poor live better than the middle class of many other countries. Hell, can you show me any other country where the poor have an obesity problem? Where the poor own a flat screen TV, a smart phone, and access to clean water and nourishing food? And contrary to what those on the left will have you believe, there is no one dying in the streets in America…unless of course you are killed by an illegal immigrant while walking down said street.

    So no, it doesn’t say that there are any requirements on the Statue of Liberty for what is expected from the poor tired huddled masses. And does it really need to? Have we gotten so stupid that one day we will have to tell people to breathe less they suffocate? When Lady Liberty was built, no one needed to tell you that you needed to contribute and work hard if you wanted to prosper. And if the people coming here need to be told they have to work and learn the language…well, maybe we need to rethink their admission into this great country and consider someone else who doesn’t need to be told, and is coming here, looking for a better life for themselves and their families…happy for the opportunity…ready to become an American.

  2. Eskyman says:

    Bravo, dekare! Well said, and oh so true!

    I wonder if we’ll ever teach the truth in our schools again. So few these days seem to know what happened in the past, and what America did and stood for.

    For some funny but extremely depressing videos on this subject, check out Mark Dice on YouTube (while you still can, YouTube is shutting down videos showing the truth.)

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