CNN’s Jim Acosta got into it with White House advisor Stephen Miller during an exchange in the White House briefing room this afternoon about an immigration proposal backed by Trump that would favor skilled workers who speak English.
“It sounds like you’re trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country,” Acosta said.
“That’s one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you’ve ever said,” Miller responded. “The notion that you think that this is a racist bill is so wrong and so insulting.”
Acosta then got on the air and said President Trump’s “bias against Latino immigrants” has “infected” senior administration officials like Miller.
This is an extremely significant step that would change the current system, with the result that the overall levels of immigration would decline and the population of immigrants would become more diverse, with a lower proportion from Mexico.
President Trump will join Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas at the White House Wednesday to unveil legislation that proposes a skills-based immigration system and seeks an overall lower level of legal immigration, two sources have confirmed to the Washington Examiner.
Officials stopped short of saying Trump would endorse the bill on Wednesday. However, the White House has been pushing for a bill that matches some of the goals that are expected to be in the new bill from Perdue and Cotton.
White House policy director Stephen Miller has reportedly been meeting with Senate Republicans in pursuit of ways to lower legal immigration.
The Justice Department issued a new warning to sanctuary cities Tuesday, saying they must prove they fully cooperate with immigration agents in order to claim federal law enforcement grant money.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said jurisdictions that don’t allow federal agents into their prisons and jails, and that refuse to give at least 48 hours’ notice before releasing illegal immigrants, will lose money. “This is what the American people should be able to expect from their cities and states, and these long overdue requirements will help us take down MS-13 and other violent transnational gangs, and make our country safer,” he said.
The warning was attached to the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program, which doles out nearly $400 million in funds. Both the Obama and Trump administrations have concluded that federal law requires local law enforcement to cooperate on immigration enforcement in order to be eligible for these kinds of grants.
But he seems to be having a bit of a sense of humor about it. Of course, Mexico is not going to pay for the wall. His comment comes at the end of this photo op from their meeting in Hamburg. Continue Reading
The Supreme Court Monday reversed lower court opinions and allowed a portion of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect, barring entry to some who hail from six countries where terrorist organizations operate. The new opinion could still be reversed. The Justices plan to hear oral arguments on the case in October. The loophole… Continue Reading
Well, okay, but it looks increasingly like the fight will be waged in the fall, when Congress works to pass the funding bills for next year. like Trump appears to be putting up the white flag for the current spending fight, which will fund the government through September. If he won’t do it now, Trump… Continue Reading
Sanctuary cities may have to get used to an administration interested in the rule of law. From the Washington Examiner: The Department of Justice on Friday reprimanded eight “sanctuary cities” for failing to adhere to federal requests to detain illegal immigrants. It sent a letter warning the jurisdictions that they could lose certain federal grants… Continue Reading
The top Roman Catholic bishop in the U.S. lauds President Trump for his anti-abortion views, for comments on the importance of Catholic schools and for promising to defend religious liberties. When it comes to refugees and immigration, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo says he and Trump will “have to agree to disagree,” the Associated Press reported. In… Continue Reading
Oh, they must have felt so good for a little while until they realized they’d let their wishes get ahead of responsible reporting. Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not refer to illegal immigrants Tuesday as “filth,” contrary to claims from a few media personalities, the Washington Examiner reported. Sessions delivered an address to a gathering… Continue Reading
Yes, they broke the law at least twice, so they need to get out fast. Illegal immigrants convicted of a federal crime may be deported more quickly under a policy move announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday, the Washington Examiner reported. The nation’s top law enforcement officer announced the expansion and modernization of… Continue Reading
What do they not understand about the word “illegal” in “illegal immigrants”? Mayors from so-called sanctuary cities insisted to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that they are not breaking federal law. “We violate no federal or state law,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler told reporters after discussing requests from… Continue Reading
Unfortunately this could go to the Supreme Court, where there are only four justices who might put principle ahead of politics, and four who won’t. White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday reacted to the federal court rulings blocking President Trump’s so-called travel ban by saying: “We intend to appeal the flawed rulings,” the… Continue Reading