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Trump to Name Ken Cuccinelli as Immigration Czar

This has Stephen Miller’s fingerprints all over it. Having failed to get his top choice to lead ICE, the White House immigration hawk now has an immigration “coordinator” whose title will belie his toughness and influence.

I’ve watched Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general who has unsuccessfully run for governor, for years. He’s dynamic and edgy and will take a tough line on the border.

According to the New York Times:

President Trump is expected to name Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a former attorney general of Virginia and an immigration hard-liner, as his choice to coordinate the administration’s immigration policies, a White House official confirmed on Tuesday.

The specifics of the role — including the title and the scope of duties — are still being hashed out, according to the official. But Mr. Cuccinelli is expected to be based in the Department of Homeland Security, not in the White House.

Mr. Cuccinelli met with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office on Monday, along with nearly a dozen other administration officials, including Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security. By Monday evening, Mr. Cuccinelli had begun placing calls to people to alert them that he was expected to get the job, according to people familiar with the discussions. The formal appointment could come as soon as this week, officials said.

Mr. Cuccinelli served as attorney general from 2010 to 2014, running unsuccessfully for governor of Virginia in 2013. He is a frequent presence on cable news, which Mr. Trump consumes with gusto. He is aligned with Mr. Trump on issues related to border security, though he caught the president’s attention during the 2016 presidential primaries, when he led the effort to strip Mr. Trump of delegates on behalf of an opponent, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a person close to the president said.

Democrats Continue to Criminalize Policy Differences by Targeting Stephen Miller

Democrats long ago decided that there were not differences on policy between themselves and Republican. There was good, and there was evil, and they were the former, and that was the difference.

But what seems to be new is this decision that not only are Republicans’ views evil, but that they are probably criminal as well.

It is looking increasingly like the investigation into “collusion” with Russia was based on the overeagerness at best, and the cynical guile at worst, of Democrats who could not abide their loss in the 2016 election and decided they would burden President Trump with a wide-ranging probe. If not collusion, then something criminal would be discovered.

So far, no such luck.

Some Democrats, led by Rep. Maxine Waters of California, were demanding Trump’s impeachment before Mueller had even plugged in his iMac. Presumably, the high crime and misdemeanor was getting elected.

Democrats don’t like senior White House policy advisor Stephen Miller’s views on immigration, and so they want to drag him to Capitol Hill to give him an “opportunity” to “explain” his thinking.

What this will be, of course, is an opportunity for Democrats to make Miller, who tends to have a hard edge when he speaks in public, the Mephistopheles of Trump’s immigration policy. It has nothing to do with oversight or any kind of policy discussion.

And I’m sure Democrats are hoping he will inadvertently perjure himself and give them a chance to get him, and his policy views, out of the White House. Just hauling him before a committee makes him look like he’s done something wrong.

According to the Washington Post:

House Democrats are sharpening their focus on White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller, with key lawmakers saying he should be brought before congressional committees to testify about his role in recent policy controversies.

The talk of hauling Miller before lawmakers comes days after The Washington Post reported that he played a key role in a plan first discussed last year to release undocumented immigrants into “sanctuary cities” represented by President Trump’s Democratic critics. While the plan never came to fruition because of objections from agency officials, Trump has since embraced the idea.

With a spate of new vacancies at the Department of Homeland Security, including the departure last week of the secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, Miller has emerged as a key target for Democrats who see him as an influential survivor in an administration that has otherwise churned through personnel.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Sunday cited Miller’s role in developing the targeted-release plan in calling on him to testify. “Steve Miller, who seems to be the boss of everybody on immigration, ought to come before Congress and explain some of these policies,” he said in a CNN interview.

My bet is that Miller would relish the chance to cross swords with lawmakers who know about a tenth as much as he does about immigration policy. But he’s unlikely to go, because White House officials are not confirmed by Congress and are not necessarily responsible to it.

The president has the right to private advice from his advisors, and they are rarely called to testify and can refuse the demand. And that’s exactly what Miller should do.

Stephen Miller’s Crummy Uncle Calls Him a Hypocrite

So basically, White House immigration guru Stephen Miller’s uncle on his mother’s side, David S. Glosser, says Miller is a hypocrite because his own family escaped the Holocaust because when great-grandfather got to immigrate here from Eastern Europe in 1903.

And, BTW, President Trump and Miller are acting like Nazis:

Trump and my nephew both know their immigrant and refugee roots. Yet, they repeat the insults and false accusations of earlier generations against these refugees to make them seem less than human. Trump publicly parades the grieving families of people hurt or killed by migrants, just as the early Nazis dredged up Jewish criminals to frighten and enrage their political base to justify persecution of all Jews. Almost every American family has an immigration story of its own based on flight from war, poverty, famine, persecution, fear or hopelessness. These immigrants became the workers, entrepreneurs, scientists and soldiers of America.

Now, I don’t know what is going on in a family where the uncle likens his Jewish nephew to a Nazi. I do know this is typical of liberals: Declare those with whom you disagree the worst people on earth, and prioritize saving the world while pooping on the head of the person next to you – friend, family, employee, whatever.

Miller and Trump are not trying to hurt people. They have a theory that the United States cannot take everyone forever and not be damaged or fatally altered culturally.

Immigrants who came previously sought to assimilate and were integrated into our society. Today, many do not even bother to learn English, and often they don’t have to.

Unlimited immigration from the Third World – particularly one country, Mexico – is an experiment in cultural change that populist conservatives believe will not end well. It does not have to do with the race of the people entering. It has to do with the idea that if you let endless millions of people into your country who harbor different values, and who in many cases don’t seem to be integrating very well, your country will by necessity have to change too far and too fast.

Yes, the people who come to this country enrich us with their cultures. But they do not change the essential nature of being an American. They adapt to us, not the reverse.

Many Americans are legitimately concerned about preserving their culture. That certainly doesn’t make them Nazis. Given the greatness of who we are, it makes them just the opposite.

Stephen Miller Threw Out $80 Worth of Sushi After Bartender Gave Him the Finger

Stephen Miller is a man of true principle. I could never have thrown out a plate of sushi, for any reason, other than to save a life.

I mean, first of all, it’s too expensive. Second of all, it’s sushi. I do love it. I like raw meat too. I do. I take my chances. These things give you a reason to down some alcohol, which helps kill any bacteria that wasn’t cooked away.

Whoever invented fire did something of a disservice to mankind.

According to a Washington Post article on harassment of Trump officials:

One night, after Miller ordered $80 of takeout sushi from a restaurant near his apartment, a bartender followed him into the street and shouted, “Stephen!” When Miller turned around, the bartender raised both middle fingers and cursed at him, according to an account Miller has shared with White House colleagues.

Outraged, Miller threw the sushi away, he later told his colleagues.

OMG, all that beautiful raw fish!

I gotta say, though, if I worked in the bar business for several years. If I decompensated every time someone flipped me the bird or hurt my feelings, I wouldn’t have lasted too long. Stephen should have laughed it off and thrown a piece of California roll at the guy’s face. Just my opinion.

Trump is Cutting Legal Immigration Too; That’s a Good Thing, and It’s Not Racist

The Washington Post has some interesting news: The number of legal immigrants is going down.

Here’s the headline: “How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration.”

Get it? The “face.”

The article is mainly about how legal immigration is declining, but the subtext is that this is both a bad thing and a racist thing. There is no entertaining the argument that we are currently conducting in this country an experiment in endless high levels of immigration, a quarter of it illegal, while assuming this will do nothing to change a culture that has created the greatest economic engine and force for good in the history of the world.

The late, esteemed, scholar Samuel Huntington wrote a whole book about this, “Who are we?” It was published about 15 years ago. If he wrote it today, no doubt he’d be prevented from having his dinner in peace, or worse. I recommend you buy it before Amazon decides it messes with someone’s safe space.

Those who support maintaining these levels of migration assume either that these entrants can somehow be assimilated – or that we don’t have a culture here or if we do, changing it to whatever is fine.

According to the article:

As the national immigration debate swirls around the effort to discourage illegal immigration by separating families at the border, the Trump administration is making inroads into another longtime priority: reducing legal immigration.

The number of people receiving visas to move permanently to the United States is on pace to drop 12 percent in President Trump’s first two years in office, according to a Washington Post analysis of State Department data.

This is great news, of course, because we in fact do have a culture and in previous times we turned the immigration spigot way down for decades and were able to assimilate those who had been arriving, literally, by the boatload.

The change is a credit to Stephen Miller, the White House immigration guru, who is rapidly becoming Goering to Trump’s Hitler in the estimation of liberals.

And such a crisis. A 12 percent decrease. That’s still higher than in the early years of the Obama administration which, the piece notes, ramped up immigration in its final two years with a “get to yes” policy at U.S. embassies. That is also known as a “don’t properly enforce the law” policy.

The piece continues:

Among the most affected are the Muslim-majority countries on the president’s travel ban list — Yemen, Syria, Iran, Libya and Somalia — where the number of new arrivals to the United States is heading toward an 81 percent drop by Sept. 30, the end of the second fiscal year under Trump.

Legal immigration from all Muslim-majority countries is on track to fall by nearly a third.

Well of course it is. There is terrorism coming from certain Muslim-majority countries. Those countries are experiencing a travel ban. Therefore immigration is down.

Some public officials and immigration experts have raised concerns that the administration’s approach targets certain nationalities, discriminating against those from poorer and nonwhite countries.

The proof? Immigration from Europe is up, slightly. Well, two things about that. First, the levels from Europe are way below those from other parts of the world, according to the article itself. And second, Europeans are obviously more easy to assimilate and less likely to end up on welfare than those from elsewhere. It doesn’t have to be about race.

We have a Western culture here. It is derived from Europe, most specifically, Great Britain. Yes, there happen to be white people in Europe.

The Post also adds an economic argument to help makes its point, in an what is ostensibly a “straight news” story, that Trump is pursuing a bad – as in both evil and unproductive – policy.

“In general, the consensus of economists is that immigration on average has a strong positive effect on the American economy,” said Giovanni Peri, the chair of the economics department at the University of California at Davis. “The big picture really is that this cut in the number of all immigrants — high- and low-skill — is going to have an impact by slowing the economy.”

That may be true. In the short run. The Chamber of Commerce certainly wants all the cheap labor it can get right now.

But in the long run, if you alter the culture of this country too rapidly, you change its character, and that will harm its productivity. We are not like other countries, but we are turning into other countries. There are areas of Florida and California where you can pretty much live your whole life without speaking English.

Liberals will kill the goose that has been laying the golden eggs for all Americans – black, white, Hispanic, Christian, Jew and Muslim. And only a few brave people like Trump and Stephen Miller are standing in their way.

Video || Stephen Miller and Jake Tapper Sink Their Teeth Into Each Other

Well, this was pretty fascinating viewing, in case you didn’t see it. White House domestic policy advisor Stephen Miller refused to go off his talking points bashing the book by Michael Wolff about the early days of the Trump White House. CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper accused Miller of essentially going on TV to kiss the president’s ass and cut him off.

Miller is right to be questioning Wolff’s book, of course. Wolff’s credibility has been widely questioned. Beyond his reputation for not being careful with the facts, Wolff admitted he said whatever he needed to say to gain the trust of White House officials, which makes you wonder, if he so thoroughly deceived them, how much is he deceiving us?

One thing that was depressing about this interview was to watch Miller go after Steve Bannon. Bannon’s apparent advocacy for letting Wolff hang around the White House is inexplicable, as are some of the statements Bannon apparently made to Wolff attacking Donald Trump Jr., and so forth. But Bannon and Miller were the closest of allies, and Miller doesn’t deny that Bannon helped get him his job with then-candidate Trump.

At least as of July, Bannon told me, during my interviews with him for my book, Bannon: Always the Rebel, that he and Miller were close and that they continued to think exactly alike. Now, Bannon’s out of favor, and Miller is tearing him apart.

Welcome to Washington.

CNN’s Acosta Accuses Trump of Racism with New Immigration Plan

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.

H/T Washington Free Beacon.

Behind the Scenes in the Rose Garden During Trump’s Climate Change Remarks

Well, I took some videos for you the other day during President Trump’s Rose Garden announcement that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change accord.

There was, it turned out, a bit of drama. Before the remarks. It appears that technicians couldn’t get the teleprompters to work, and Trump delayed his appearance by nearly half an hour while the geeks tried to patch things up.

Remember, dear readers, the White House has lots of incredible attributes. But it’s also a government building.

Things seemed pleasant enough at first, as a jazz quartet assembled from The President’s Own United States Marine Band was playing nicely at the back of the Rose Garden, near the residence. Perhaps some frustrated rock stars whose parents finally enrolled them in the military. Note that Sean Spicer decided to sit in on bass.

No, of course, that’s not Sean Spicer.

As I got toward the podium, I noticed that over on the Colonnade there was a problem, as some techies were laboring with evident concern over the switchboard in front of them. It seemed something wasn’t right with the teleprompter.

As National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn strode into the Rose Garden to hear the president’s remarks, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon wandered over to see what the problem was.

 

Next, a very perturbed looking Stephen Miller, a top policy aide who may well have written the speech, rushed over to see why his handiwork wasn’t being displayed for presidential perusal. Odd juxtaposition with the cool jazz playing in the background.

 

Reinforcements were summoned. Soon, Bannon and an edgy looking White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus were hovering over the techies, well aware that the boss would not be pleased. That’s right, Bannon and Priebus, two of the most powerful men in the world, flummoxed like you and me by a piece of intransigent technology.

 

As it turned out, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men . . .

Note below, Trump, who finally just came out anyway, appears to be reading from a hard copy of his speech. The black object on the left is one of the teleprompters, at which he hardly looks.

 

Even so, it did appear that at least one of the teleprompters had begun to work as this photo I took shows.

But perhaps by that point, Trump wasn’t trusting technology over the old fashioned pieces of paper in front of him.