White House aide spars with reporter over immigration

White House aide spars with reporter over immigration

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Reporters are shown at a news briefing at the White House. (Screenshot from WhiteHouse.gov)

WASHINGTON– White House policy advisor Stephen Miller clashed with CNN’s Jim Acosta Wednesday over the administration’s new proposal to reduce legal immigration.

The heated back-and-forth began after Acosta quoted the inscription on the Statue of Liberty and asked if the White House was trying to revise what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S.

Miller shot back that the inscription was added after the statue was installed.

Acosta then questioned the proposal’s emphasis on speaking English, suggesting that it would therefore largely apply to those coming from predominantly English-speaking populations like Australia and the U.K.

“It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree,” Miller shot back.

The full exchange can be seen below:

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