The liberal elite such as those at CNN quote Emma Lazarus’ poem as if it’s one of our nation’s founding documents.
It’s a poem.
Wouldn’t it be marvelous if they were as passionate about our actual founding documents? They like to shrug that the Constitution is a quasi-relevant “living document” whose words can be bent to whatever shape the current generation likes. Oddly, they never say that about Lazarus’ prose.
Instead, in almost partisan pushback Wednesday against a proposed immigration policy that simply puts American interests forward, CNN’s Jim Acosta accosted Trump administration aide Stephen Miller about how the policy would somehow violate Lazarus’ – um, poem – The New Colossus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.
Make no mistake, the sonnet’s flowing notions are a lovely sentiment and ideal – one that this page ascribes to and which, truth be known, America has lived up to – to a fault. Miller notes that the foreign-born population coming into the U.S. has quadrupled since 1970.
We have led the league in immigration, and certainly in the illegal kind, and have strained our ability to absorb it all, particularly since so many immigrants have been low-skilled, low-income workers who have depressed wages and have been prime candidates for government aid. And in the age of terror, we have done so at great risk to our own safety.
It’s a wonder there aren’t cracks on Lady Liberty’s shoulders.
Acosta’s diatribe – argumentative, interruping and sanctimonious, rather than merely inquisitive – objected to reducing immigration, though he offered no specific target number that would please him or the Statue of Liberty. And he seemed to imply that requiring English proficiency is somehow mean, when in reality it’s the furthest thing from compassion to encourage immigrants not to learn the dominant language in their new country. It’s also required for citizenship.
Yet bizarrely, Acosta appeared to equate the English language with a race – that we are now only going to allow in people from England and Australia and “engineer” a “racial and ethnic flow of people into this country.”
What world-class ignorance. People all over the world speak English; it is the unofficial language of world commerce. Nearly 60 countries in the world have enshrined English as their official language (though, interestingly, we have not). But it’s racist to expect new Americans to speak it? Good grief.
This is the uphill battle our leaders must fight against the political correctness cops in the media. But most Americans have to be thankful they’re fighting it: 72 percent favor tight restrictions on immigration. Heaven forbid we institute an American policy that actually benefits America.
We’re proud that Georgia Sen. David Perdue is in the forefront of this, along with Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, helping lead the charge for an orderly, thoughtful, merit-based legal immigration system that actually takes America’s best interests into consideration: The “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy” (RAISE) Act would take into account what skills America needs and what skills, including language, prospective immigrants would bring with them.
This isn’t the end of the world. It isn’t “overturning” Lazarus. As Perdue notes, currently only 1 out of 15 immigrants come here with a marketable skill.
All we’re asking is to tip the scales a little back toward America’s interests.
It’s long overdue.