by Joe Guzzardi, Right Side News
A bill that would cut legal immigration by about half, and make other reductions, sent the mainstream media into a tailspin. During its downward spiral, reporters showed little understanding of current immigration policy, but demonstrated an unprofessional level of bias.
Let’s set the stage. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, or RAISE. In addition to reducing legal immigration from about 1 million annually to 500,000, it emphasizes skilled-based, rather than family-based, immigration. In other words, the obvious – instead of random low-skilled immigrants arriving who might have family ties in the United States, the newcomers would have to speak English and have abilities that might contribute to the economy. Nuclear family members could continue to come, but not adult siblings, etc.
Reporters pilloried the commonsense approach that Senators Cotton and Perdue want to advance, and called it anti-American. At a press briefing, CNN reporter Jim Acosta launched into a tirade about how RAISE violates Statue of Liberty values, rudely showed a shocking lack of knowledge about the Emma Lazarus poem “The New Colossus” and demonstrated his cluelessness about current immigration workings. Contrary to what Acosta thinks, the poem, added as a plaque several years after the statue went up in 1886, does not set immigration law. As University of Southern California journalism and communications Professor Roberto Suro wrote, “Bad poetry makes for bad policy.”
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