Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has denied an invitation to debate White House senior adviser Stephen Miller on the issue of immigration on Tucker Carlson’s primetime Fox News show, an associate producer says.
According to Alex Pfeiffer, a producer for Tucker Carlson Tonight, Graham turned down an opportunity to defend his open borders immigration views against Miller’s pro-American immigration reformist outlook.
Stephen Miller told us he would debate Lindsey Graham on our show. Graham denied our invitation.
— Alex Pfeiffer (@PfeifferDC) January 23, 2018
Graham, last week, publicly tried to isolate Miller as an immigration “outlier,” claiming Miller’s views on immigration, which are nearly identical to President Trump’s, are not the norm among the American electorate.
But, a new Harvard-Harris poll shows that it’s Graham’s pro-amnesty, open borders views that are out of step with the American people, as Breitbart News reported.
Only 35 percent of Americans oppose Trump’s pro-American immigration agenda that would end the process of “chain migration,” which allows newly naturalized citizens to bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S.; as well as eliminating the Diversity Visa Lottery program, which imports 50,000 random foreign nationals every year; and obtaining full funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Poll: Flake/Graham/Durbin Expansive Amnesty Is Outside the Mainstreamhttps://t.co/LtcxipE4Q6
— John Binder (@JxhnBinder) January 23, 2018
On the other hand, 65 percent of Americans said they support Trump’s immigration agenda.
Under Graham’s latest proposal to give illegal aliens amnesty, the White House estimates that the plan would keep and import a total of at least ten million foreign nationals, even going as far as giving amnesty to the illegal alien parents who brought their illegal alien children to the country illegally.
Miller — seen as the godson of the pro-American immigration reform movement — has long argued that mass illegal and legal immigration to the U.S. hurts the country’s working and middle class, who are then forced to compete with a never-ending flood of cheaper foreign workers, while the big business lobby profits from stagnant and decreased wages for American workers.
U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow has made the same argument as Miller, most recently blasting amnesty for illegal aliens — which Graham supports along with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) — as a continued burden on specifically black Americans, whom he says are “disproportionately” harmed by mass immigration.
The negative impact of illegal immigration on unskilled and low-skilled American workers has been established by various studies and discussed in numerous hearings, including, but not limited to, a 2008 Commission briefing. The testimony at the briefing indicated that illegal immigration disproportionately affects the wages and employment opportunities of African-American men.
The country’s persistent economic stagnation between 2008-2016 disproportionately harmed African-Americans, especially those with little education. Eight years into the economic recovery, African-Americans still faced particular difficulty obtaining employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the December 2017 unemployment rate for all black Americans – not just those with few skills – was 6.8 percent nearly twice the white unemployment rate of 3.7 percent. The economy has a glut of low-skilled workers, not a shortage. The unemployment rate for black teens is nearly 23 percent. The black labor force participation rate remains 62.1 percent. In addition, black median household income was stagnant for years.
Most recently, the White House honored Civil Rights icon and Democrat congresswoman Barbara Jordan, who in the last years of her life commissioned a congressional immigration study for then-President Bill Clinton which ultimately found that legal and illegal immigration to the U.S. needed to be greatly reduced — as Trump and Miller now say — in order to open more economic opportunities for black Americans and the white working class while also raising their wages.
Jordan’s 1995 immigration commission demanded Congress enact the same pro-American immigration reforms that Trump, with the help of Miller, is now demanding, including:
- Reducing legal immigration levels from more than 1 million immigrants a year to about 500,000 a year
- End chain migration, which allows naturalized citizens to bring in an unlimited number of extended family members
- Reducing the importation of low-skilled foreign workers who compete for U.S. jobs with poor and working-class Americans
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.