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Trump et les cosmopolites

NEW YORK – L'administration du Président Donald Trump a annoncé vouloir réduire de moitié l'immigration légale aux États-Unis et favoriser les immigrants éduqués qui parlaient bien anglais. Quand un correspondant de CNN nommé Jim Acosta, fils d'immigrant cubain, s'est opposé à Stephen Miller, le conseiller principal en politique de Trump, en affirmant que les États-Unis accueillaient traditionnellement les pauvres du monde entier, dont la plupart ne parlaient pas anglais, Miller a accusé Acosta de « biais cosmopolite. »

Acosta a demandé si la nouvelle politique ne signifiait pas que seuls les citoyens de Grande-Bretagne ou d'Australie seraient autorisés à entrer dans le pays. Il s'est peut-être montré un peu provocateur. Mais l'insinuation de la plainte de Miller était que le « biais » d'Acosta était une sorte de racisme. Venant d'une administration qui cède aux caprices, au moins occasionnellement, des partisans de la suprématie blanche, cela est remarquable, c'est le moins que l'on puisse dire.

On se demande si Miller a la moindre idée de l'utilisation historique du mot « cosmopolite » comme terme de mépris. En tant que descendant de Juifs pauvres ayant fui la Biélorussie il y a plus d'un siècle, il devrait le savoir.

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