“The View” Reacts To Merit-Based Immigration System, Slams Stephen Miller

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The View Merit Immigration

By Shari Weiss |

The View Merit Immigration


On Thursday’s “The View,” the co-hosts reacted to the merit-based immigration system proposed by the Trump administration. Watch the video below.

Donald Trump has made immigration reform a key part of his presidency, as he wants to greatly restrict who can come into the U.S. from other countries. After facing opposition to his travel ban, he and his team have come up with a new plan: A merit-based system, in which a person has to earn points in order to be allowed to immigrate to America. Among the requirements is that the individual speaks English. At the White House press briefing on Wednesday, senior policy advisor Stephen Miller battled with journalists over the proposal, which many believed to be against the spirit of America and what’s espoused at the Statue of Liberty.

And now on the ABC talk show, Whoopi Goldberg began by saying, “It looks the tired, poor and huddled masses are going to have reroute to Canada or Mexico.” After showing a clip of Miller, she said, “This is somebody who clearly has his own agenda, I think. But does this policy reflect the values of the country?” Joy Behar quipped, “I bet they’d let them in if they speak Russian.”

Sunny Hostin said, “I took personal offense to it because as many people know, Spanish is my first language. I learned English when I was five. The suggestion somehow that you have to speak English to merit being an American is just shocking to me.” She went on to point out that Miller was the “architect of the Muslim travel ban,” and read aloud an essay he once wrote that reeked of racism based on language.

That led Behar to crack, “Even the president doesn’t have basic English skills,” and Hostin noted, “And his wife, also, who is an immigrant, doesn’t speak perfect English.” Goldberg insisted “none of this makes any sense,” and Sara Haines agreed, particularly since the more pressing issue of illegal immigration has not yet been worked out. “It’s a conversation to have, but I think they’re misdirecting resources,” she said.

Jedediah Bila reminded everyone that Trump is a “president who ran on putting America first,” and cited a poll that concluded 75 percent of Democrats and 95 percent of Republicans think speaking English is important.” She also stressed that “there was a litmus test that was provided to those people” who came through Ellis Island. And while she conceded that Miller is a “terrible, terrible spokesperson for anything,” she said wanting only the best people in America “shouldn’t be something people are upset about.”

Goldberg countered, “Not everyone speaks English in the world, and there’s brilliant people in the world who want to come here… Let’s be realistic about what this is, because in the last nine or 10 months, it has felt like people of color are not welcome here, based on his language on other issues and on these issues.” Check out the video below. NOTE: The video is no longer available.

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