Fox News host Tucker Carlson called out freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Friday, saying she represents America’s failed immigration system.
“Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, herself a symbol of America’s failed immigration system if there ever was one, someone who hates this country coming here at public expense, spent yesterday demanding the abolition of ICE, the decriminalization of illegal immigration itself, and an end to all deportation programs,” Carlson said on his show. “She demands open borders, the unlimited arrival of anyone who wants to come to America whether they have anything to contribute or not and, by the way, you get to pay for it. And if you don’t want to, you are a bigot.”
Omar, who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, entered the U.S. as a refugee in 1992 after her family fled Somalia’s civil war. Omar became a citizen at 17 in 2000.
Carlson went on to criticize the Democrats’ larger immigration strategy.
“Well, you know what this is really about, of course. It’s not about civil rights. That’s a joke. It’s about money and power. Their money, their power. The Left has aligned with business interests that profit from cheap, obedient workers. Low-skilled immigrants have a harder time assimilating into the American mainstream. They stay poorer. They learn English more slowly. They’re more likely to remain an ethnic underclass. All of which make them much more likely to vote Democratic long term. That’s the point, obviously,” Carlson said.
Carlson has been a frequent critic of Omar, calling her ungrateful toward the United States in April.
“So how does she repay her adopted country, the one that may literally have saved her life? She attacks it as hateful and racist, and for that she is applauded by the Democratic Party because they view this country as hateful and racist too,” Carlson said. “Maybe our immigration system should prioritize people who actually like this country and are grateful to be here.”
In 2017, Omar wrote a piece in Time saying that America was founded by “genocide.”
“We 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 said.
Omar has criticized the United States immigration system and particularly President Trump’s handling of the southern border, saying that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency needs to be abolished.