August 3, 2017

Watched CNN’s obnoxious and boorish White House correspondent Jim Acosta get taken to the woodshed today over the White House’s push for legal immigration reform, and it wasn’t a pretty sight to see. If you’re gonna play big-time journalist you oughta at least have a shred of an idea of what you’re talking about:

First of all, is it really un-American to expect immigrants to speak English? As Miller pointed out, some proficiency in English is already a requirement for those who want to be naturalized. Yet, Acosta asks: “Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?” I happen to live in an immigrant-heavy neighborhood, and most of the people around me speak English pretty well. Not one is from England or Australia.

…Is it un-American to give preference to immigrants who have already shown the propensity to assimilate? Is it un-American to prioritize immigrants who have skills in jobs we need filled? Is any reform of immigration — other than to legalize millions by executive fiat — un-American? I may disagree with a certain immigration policy, but changing the parameters of immigration policy is not an unpatriotic act.

This is exactly the kind of proposal that’s winner winner chicken dinner for the White House because it’s an issue that most of the electorate (not including, of course, blue states like California, Oregon, Massachusetts, and New York) both understand and support. Go to any blue-collar bar in the upper Midwest or talk to folks south of thee Mason-Dixon, they can see what’s going on. They know people who have lost technology jobs to H1B workers from India or China or assembly line jobs to lower-skilled immigrants from Central and South America who are willing to work for less. They know folks who have lost retirement, salary and healthcare benefits. They know first-hand what it’s like to have to compete against with H1Bs who never returned after their sponsorship was ended. They know the damage our out-of control legal immigration policies have done to their lives and their households, and the deflating effect it has on their neighborhoods and towns.

Fortunately, this is a White House that understands how a blue-collar worker in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Alabama or Wisconsin feels when they’ve been displaced by a H1B worker. This White House understands the damage when an American citizen can’t get an entry-level job because an immigrant willing to work for less has taken the job. Some might call this capitalism in its purest form, but this White House believes in an “America First” policy in everything it is doing, both domestically and internationally. The mainstream media will continue to do all it can to try and blur the issue and confuse legal immigration with illegal immigration, but these issues are two different sides of the same coin. This country has every right to determine who comes here and who stays here.

It’s great to see a White House that can speak clearly and forcefully on this issue, and Democrats should be cautious about playing their typical obstructionist role when it goes to Congress for a vote. This initiative should be right up the Dems’ alley when it comes to protecting the livelihood of the blue-collar worker who at once time could be counted on as a reliable Democratic voter, but the Democratic Party’s identity politics have fractured that relationship in recent years. If they don’t get on board this time, the Trump Train will use this as a wedge issue in the 2018 midterms and blow them off the platform.

If CNN’s White House correspondent truly speaks for what Democrats have come to stand for in this day and age, the 2018 midterms will be bloody for a Party that already is up to its knees in trouble.

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