President Donald Trump’s senior policy adviser Stephen Miller had a heated exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta during today's press briefing.
Acosta suggested that a Republican proposal to lower the rate of legal immigration is contrary to American values. He asked if it was designed so that only people from Great Britain and Australia are admitted to the U.S., due to a requirement for immigrants to speak English.
Miller said he was “shocked” by the statement, and he said it was "insulting" to millions of hardworking immigrants from all over the world who speak English.
On "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Mark Steyn slammed Acosta for "hijacking" the press conference and for "showboating."
"If you want to do The Jim Acosta Show, there's a rusting boxcar around the back of the freight yard with three semi-comatose hobos who are interested in it. But nobody else is," Steyn said.
Steyn pointed out that there are 60 countries that have English as an official language, so Acosta's suggestion that the Trump administration is "trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country" is ridiculous.
Tucker said it appears that Acosta believes English isn't just a language, but a race.
"The idea that this is just some pasty white man's language is so deranged," Steyn said. "Almost a third of the members of the United Nations are proficient in English, more or less."
He said that up until about 50 years ago, it was normal for a countries to create immigration systems based on merit and who could most easily assimilate.
"Suddenly, it's become a point where there's 7 billion people on the planet and you're not allowed to make value judgments about any of them," Steyn said. "This is ridiculous."
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