Trump adviser gets into heated exchange with reporter over Statue of Liberty poem

The tense discussion came as White House senior adviser Stephen Miller was questioned about immigration.
5:23 | 08/02/17

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What we're proposing a where the president is proposing here does not sound like it's in keeping with the American tradition when it comes to ration. The statue of liberty says Goodyear's tire importer of masses you're into retreat. Say anything about speaking English are being able to. Do your computer program. Aren't you trying to change wouldn't be seated around coming into this country is if you're telling them. You have to speak English can't people learn how to speak English when they get here. Well first of all right now it's a requirement to be naturalized yet to speak English to the notion that. Speaking English would be a partner immigration systems would be actually very a historical. Secondly I want to get off into a whole thing about history here that. The statue of liberty is a symbol of liberty enlightening the world is a symbol of American liberty lighting the world the poem that you referring to was added later. It's not actually part of the original statue of liberty but more fundamentally. It's history today but more fundamentally is the kidnappers Harper's I was saying that this anger this notion. I think that notion that the opinion this in the notion. No it's just like guess I'll get massive theft sounds like some national park revisions now. Her death has always give the best oh to the world give people this kid do you believe. This country and our school's gym here he believes that he. Jim Jim Jim I appreciate your speech Jim I've reached your speech so let's let's talk about those. Jim let's talk about this. In 1970 when we let in 300000 people a year was that violating are not violating the statue of liberty law of the land. In 191990s. When it was half a million a year was a violating are not violating the statue of liberty law of the land. What it was 700000 here don't tell me one years and tell me what years tell me what years you meet tell me what year's meet Jim Acosta definition. The statue of liberty. Home law of the land so you're saying a million a year. Is the staff delivery number 900000 violates at 800000 violates that you were really gem SY. Philosophy here Jim corporation press corps Jim what it's. But you're also your your statements also shockingly Hayes a historical and other respective. Widget look at the history of immigration. It's actually adds in flood. We've had periods of very large waves bowl by periods of less immigration a more immigration. And during the where you that your version right now yeah obstacle is actually. Everybody sweeping change Charlie James you don't actually think that'll wall affects green card policy. You couldn't possibly believe that view actually that he knows that you actually think immigration is an historical all. Before were published in the United States today with jet Jim. Talking about border crossings do you really when I want racist and you really seen and not know the difference between green car policy and illegal immigration. Or you could mean you really don't know them. In this country 1960. Right where Cuban missile crisis and obtained a green card that yes people who are Casey Dick especially. People deteriorate very much or not okay I think actually Jim as a factual question way he's. You're obtaining green cards that you are a lot of hard work. And yesterday morning bush as a second language and Ross why activity but this gentle this whole notion that while they have learned you know they have to learn English or that you the United States. We discovering and people from Rupert. Joseph is actually I opt on Wednesday I in shocked. That your statement did you think that only people from Great Britain Australia would know English is actually it reveals your cosmopolitan. Bias to a shocking to agree that in your mind this is an amazing this is an amazing moment this is an amazing moment. That you think only people from Great Britain or Australia would speak English is so insulting. To millions of hardworking immigrants who do speak English from all over the world as. Can you honestly Jim have you Ozzie never met. A an immigrant from another country. Who speaks English outside a Great Britain Australia is that your personal experience. For people who come with a sense and it shows it should your cost of pulp and biased. I just want to say here. An engineer. As usual an ethnic. Flow of people in this country if there are the most outrageous insulting. Ignorant and foolish things you've ever said and for you that's still a really. That the notion that you think that this is a racist bill is so wrong and so insulting Jim. The reality is is that B foreign born population into our country. Has quadrupled since 1970 that's a fact it's been mostly driven by green car policy. And this bill allows for. Immediate nuclear family members to come into the country much as they were today and it adds an additional points based system that people have been hurt the most. The people even there's people here today that people have been that people he's been hurt the most by the policy you're advocating. Our room. Apparently just unfettered un controlled migration that you have been hurt the most but the policy where. The people that hurt the most of the policy figure that people have been hurt the most of the policy your advocate. Our immigrant workers and minority workers an African American workers and Hispanic workers.

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