“A SHIFT IN WEALTH”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 2, 2017) — At approximately 2:50 p.m. EDT, the White House press briefing began with senior Policy Advisor Steven Miller explaining President Trump’s proposal for new immigration law titled the “RAISE Act.”
Miller said, if the proposed legislation is passed by Congress, that immigration would be restricted to discourage “chain migration” and depressed wages for all U.S. workers.
If approved by Congress, legal immigration, which initially awards “green cards” to those admitted through proper channels, would be cut in half over the next ten years.
Trump had made an announcement from the White House earlier in the day flanked by two Republican U.S. Senators helping to craft the proposal.
“We’re proposing to limiting family-based migration to spouses and minor children,” Miller said, as opposed to extended family members.
Miller said that the proposed law will favor immigrants who already speak English and can support themselves if admitted to the U.S.
He also announced a proposed “point-based system” similar to those used by Canada and Australia to “prioritize higher-paid workers.” Miller said that rising wages will help Americans to achieve wealth if that is their goal.
Miller said that restricting unskilled workers from entering the U.S. will help Americans “earn a living wage” and leave the welfare rolls.
“This is what President Trump campaigned on…to push for ‘merit-based immigration,'” he said, adding that “the American people deserve” it.
Miller spoke for approximately ten minutes and then took reporters’ questions.
One journalist said that USA Today has reported that there has been a “negative flow” of immigration over the Southern border in recent years. “We’re talking today about green-card policy” rather than illegal-alien migration, Miller explained.
Another reporter asked if the Trump administration will “defend” the Obama-era program of DACA, which allowed qualified young people brought illegally to the U.S. as children to attend school or work with a reprieve from deportation proceedings.
CNN’s Jim Acosta asked if the proposal was in keeping with American immigration tradition, invoking the Statue of Liberty, but would not allow Miller to finish answering the question, interrupting him continuously at one point.
Miller gained control of the Q&A by speaking over Acosta and telling him that his “cosmopolitan bias” was on display after Acosta accused the White House of “racism.”
In finishing his remarks, Miller apologized to Acosta but said that his accusations were inaccurate and “foolish.”
Miller was an aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was a U.S. Senator for several terms before he was chosen to be the nation’s top law-enforcement official by Trump.
Prior to Wednesday’s briefing, the media has reported about Miller in an unflattering manner.
The briefing ended at 3:40 p.m., after which both “Steven Miller” and “Acosta” were trending on Twitter.