Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued Tuesday that Americans should be grateful to Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar for exposing the dangers of the broken U.S. immigration system.
Carlson began by saying that, contrary to the claims of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, the U.S. is not an awful country, but rather “the kindest, most open-minded place on the planet.”
“The U.S. has done more for other people and received less in return than any nation in history by far,” he said, then went on to explain how Omar’s family were able to find refuge in America from the Marxist dystopia of Somalia in 1992.
“When [Omar] was six,” Carlson said, “she and her parents and her six siblings fled a worsening civil war and wound up in a refugee camp in Kenya. They spent four years there until America offered them asylum here and let them settle in Minneapolis.”
Carlson went on to say how Omar’s father was able to provide for his family in the world’s richest country, by which his daughter benefited and became a citizen in 2000 at 17. She made her way into a job at a state university and eventually to Congress, where she has become one of the most powerful women in America at only 36.
Nevertheless, Carlson maintained that Omar is not grateful to the U.S. for its opportunities. “After everything America has done for Omar and for her family, she hates this country more than ever,” he said. “In a recent piece in the Washington Post, the reporter put it this way: ‘In Omar’s version, America wasn’t the bighearted country that saved her from a brutal war and a bleak refugee camp. It wasn’t a meritocracy that helped her attend college or vaulted her into Congress. Instead, it was the country that had failed to live up to its founding ideals, a place that had disappointed her and so many immigrants, refugees and minorities like her.'”
“If anything, that is an understatement,” Carlson continued. “Omar isn’t ‘disappointed’ in America. She’s enraged by it. Virtually every public statement she makes accuses America of bigotry and racism. This is an immoral country, she says. She has undisguised contempt for the United States and for its people. That should worry you, and not just because Omar is now a sitting member of Congress. Omar is living proof that that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country.”
Omar penned an August 2017 op-ed for Time, in which she asserted that Americans “must confront that our nation was founded by the genocide of indigenous people and on the backs of slaves, that we maintain global power with the tenor of neocolonialism.” She has also called for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Carlson then closed out his monologue by saying that, like ancient Rome, the U.S. cannot survive an inundation of immigrants that do not assimilate.
“So be grateful for Ilhan Omar, annoying as she is,” Carlson concluded. “She’s a living fire alarm, a warning to the rest of us. We better change our immigration system immediately, or else.”