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President Donald Trump's administration has announced that it wants to cut legal immigration to the United States by half, and favor well-educated immigrants who speak good English. When CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, the son of a Cuban immigrant, challenged Trump's senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, by stating that the US traditionally welcomed the world's poor, most of whom did not speak any English, Miller accused Acosta of "cosmopolitan bias". Acosta asked whether the new policy would mean that only people from Britain or Australia would be allowed to come. One wonders whether Miller had any idea of the historical use of "cosmopolitan" as a derogatory term. Not considered to be part of the native Russian people, Jews were assumed to belong to an international cabal, and hence to be inherently treacherous.In the 1930s, fascists and Nazis also denounced Jews, as well as Marxists and Freemasons, as "cosmopolitans" or "internationalists" – people whose loyalty was suspect.When Miller speaks of cosmopolitan bias that is probably what he means.Social elites, liberal intellectuals and critical journalists are the enemy of those who crave power but feel looked down upon by people who appear to be more sophisticated.
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