Along with being the most incompetent “president” ever “elected” in United States history, Donald Trump has ushered in a wave of racism, bigotry, and white nationalism unlike anything we’ve seen in this country in decades. This is a man who launched his campaign by vilifying Mexican immigrants as mostly “rapists and criminals,” who then fueled much of his campaign by pandering to racists and bigots, verbally berating immigrants, people of color, and Muslims.
Of course, that’s all “fake news” if you ask Trump, the Republican Party, and most of his supporters. Apparently it’s all just a “big coincidence” that his campaign inspired the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacy groups to be more politically active than they’ve been since the 60’s and 70’s.
Now we have Trump’s latest hateful act of bigotry coming in the form of his changes to our immigration policy. In particular, giving preference to immigrants who speak English.
At this point I feel it’s important to point out that these changes pertain to “green cards,” not becoming official United States citizens. It’s already been a requirement in this country for those who want to become American citizens to speak English before being given their citizenship.
What Trump changed today centers around immigrants who are coming here to live and work, but are not “American citizens.”
However, if you listen to Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller, you’re the bigot for assuming that giving preference to English-speaking immigrants is an attempt by this administration to keep immigrants of color from coming to the United States.
After CNN’s Jim Acosta called out this new policy for clearly benefiting immigrants from English-speaking — and mostly white — countries such as Great Britain and Australia, Miller said he was “shocked” someone would assume people from non-English speaking countries wouldn’t know how to speak the language.
“I can honestly say: I am shocked at your statement that you think only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree — this is an amazing moment,” Miller said. “That you think only people from Great Britain or Australia would speak English is so insulting to millions of hardworking immigrants who speak English from all over the world. Jim, have you honestly never met an immigrant from another country who speaks English outside of Great Britain and Australia?”
Wow, what a total load of straw man bullshit.
It’s completely absurd to claim that immigrants from native English-speaking countries aren’t given a huge advantage under Trump’s policy. After all, what level of proficiency in English will they have to prove before being approved for a green card? In theory, Trump could make these “English tests” so difficult that only people who are extremely proficient in English, such as those from countries that speak the language natively, would be the main ones who’d pass.
This is a textbook example of bigotry from bigots who are pathetically trying to act like they’re not. This is the same attitude you see from Republicans who claim voter ID laws aren’t about voting discrimination, even though studies prove that minority voters are overwhelmingly impacted by these strict new laws. It’s also the same way they go about trying to ban abortion by claiming laws that are obviously trying to ban abortion are all about “protecting women’s health.”
Donald Trump and the Republican party treat their supporters like idiots, yet they don’t seem to care. The bottom line is this, if you don’t think that this move by Trump is a blatant attempt to prevent specifically non-white immigrants (those who are less likely overall to speak English natively) from coming to the United States, you’re either an absolute fool or you support his bigotry.
And if you support this bigotry, then it’s time you start admitting that you are, in fact, a bigot who couldn’t care less about this country or the values on which it was founded.