Jim Acosta from CNN recently called out the Trump administration for proposing legislation aimed at prioritizing English speaking immigrants.
“It just sounds like you’re trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country.”
The accusation caused Trump’s political advisor, Stephen Miller, to completely lose his cool.
“That is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you’ve ever said. The notion that you think that this is a racist bill is so wrong and so insulting.”
To be clear, it was Miller who called the bill racist, not Acosta.
Second, Trump did in fact, previously suggest we engineer the ethnic flow of immigrants coming into our nation.
It was almost a year ago, on August 31st that then candidate Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
You might remember the media frenzy that ensued after Trump struck a remarkably subdued and cooperative tone upon coming face to face with Mr. Nieto. This was, after all, the same leader who Trump continually promised that would pay for his trademark, border wall.
For the first time we were given an opportunity to see just how much bite there was behind Trump’s tough guy rhetoric, and the contrast was almost comedic. Pitbull at home, puppy dog in Mexico.
Trump’s team apparently picked up on the forming narrative as well, and set out to immediately squash any signs of weakness with his immigration policy, and I mean immediately. Merely a few hours upon returning from his trip, then candidate Trump landed in Phoenix to give what was easily the most hardline stance immigration speech delivered to date.
The speech consisted of 10 policies, which he would “enact on day one”, and included doozies such as, “An ideological certification to make sure that those we are admitting to our country share our values and love our people”. Here is the entire transcript.
But there was something else said during that Phoenix speech that blew one’s mind; something which I believe was easily the most disturbing statement Trump has put out since announcing his candidacy for the presidency, and yes, I understand how low that bar is.
Buried deep in his speech, somewhere within policy number ten, Trump said:
“The time has come for a new immigration commission to develop a new set of reforms to our legal immigration system in order to achieve the following goals: To keep immigrations levels measured by population share within historical norms”
This idea of preserving “American homogeneity” seems quite similar to landmark legislation passed in 1924, which established national-origin immigration quotas that meant to encourage migration from Northern and Western European countries.
And that’s not some obscure connection I’m making here. Trump’s own pick for attorney general: Jeff Sessions has praised the 1924 eugenics immigration laws. A fact that remains insane and largely ignored by the media.
So yes, Mr. Miller. CNN’s Jim Acosta rightfully saw through all the smoke and mirrors. This proposal is nothing more than an attempt at moderating the skin tone of American newcomers and keeping those deemed undesirable by the administration out.
(Personal special thanks to Nick Perez on this reporting)