Tucker Carlson has accused Vice President Kamala Harris of “bribing” Central Americans to stay in their homeland as the crisis on the US’s southern border continues to haunt her.
President Joe Biden recently urged Harris to lead diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants entering the United States since taking office in January. The pair have proposed spending $4 billion to address the “root causes of migration” in countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
On Tuesday night, Carlson was left incredulous by that plan, saying on his Fox News show, “Harris flew to Guatemala to reveal her policies to deal with the crisis. What is it? In short, the plan is bribery.
The government plans to spend billions of dollars to pay the poor of Latin America not to move to the United States. CNN, of course, likes the idea. It blames America.”
Tucker Carlson has accused Vice President Kamala Harris of ‘bribing’ Central Americans to stay in their homeland as the crisis on the US’s southern border continues to haunt her
Biden recently urged Harris to lead diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants that have flooded into the United States since taking office in January. She will be in the picture in Mexico on Tuesday
US border authorities found nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors in March, the highest number ever. In total, there were more than 170,000 encounters at the border in April, the highest level in more than 20 years
He stated that Biden, as vice president in the Obama administration, actually instituted a similar foreign aid plan, which was unsuccessful.
The idea then was the idea now: once we sent billions to corrupt foreign governments, their citizens would stop showing up in Texas and California. So we tried. How exactly did that work? Let’s take a look. We now have more people from Central America crossing our border illegally than at any time in decades, possibly ever. So it didn’t work very well,” Carlson explained.
“Kamala Harris isn’t a genius, but… she knows more bribes don’t work. So instead of defending her plan on the details, she chooses the easier and much more familiar path: more chatter about racism and sexism, and of course climate change.’
Carlson then played a clip of the VP stating that many fled Central America to escape “violence against women, Indigenous people, LGBTQ people and Afro-descendants.”
But Carlson disputed that claim, saying, “They don’t come here because they’re fleeing a culture they don’t like. They come here because this is a much richer and much more generous country, and now they can come here. So why wouldn’t they? It’s not their fault, it’s ours.’
He continued: ‘If you really want to solve this problem, the answer is quite simple. You would illegally deport people here. That’s what normal countries do… If we did that, it would immediately attract the attention of the world.’
‘Kamala Harris isn’t a genius, but…she knows more bribes don’t work’: Carlson lashed out at vice president Monday night
Biden recently urged Harris to lead diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants that have flooded into the United States since taking office in January. The pair have proposed spending $4 billion to address the “root causes of migration” in countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
Central American migrants line up to board a bus being transported by US Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande River on Tuesday
Carlson added that foreign aid projects “are where liberal arrogance falls. They almost never work for the people they should be working for.’
He added: “In any case, Joe Biden’s aid package encouraged illegal migration to the US. Michael Clemens, a fellow at the Center for Global Development, has studied the data on this. Clemens discovered that ‘foreign aid aimed at economic development is in fact associated with an increase in emigration from poor countries.’
Carlon’s monologue came hours after Harris landed in Mexico on Monday for a crunch meeting with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whom she’s been courting for months.
Tuesday’s meeting will conclude Harris’s first foreign trip, with the Biden administration hoping it will help in its efforts to curb the spike in migration from Central America and secure the southern border.
While Lopez Obrador pledged in an earlier virtual meeting with Harris that the US can “count on us” to tackle the problem of illegal migration, the Mexican president has in the past blamed Biden for the increase in migration at the border.
Harris, in her role dealing with the root causes of increased migration from the countries of the northern triangle of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as Mexico, has sought to strengthen diplomatic relations with the Mexican president.
rris walks with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after arriving in the country on Tuesday
Mexico is an important partner in border enforcement efforts.
The number of illegal border crossings has risen steadily since April 2020, after Trump introduced pandemic-related powers to deprive migrants of the opportunity to apply for asylum, but accelerated further under Biden, who quickly scrapped much of Trump’s hard border policy — most notably the “Stay In Mexico’s program to keep asylum seekers in Mexico waiting for court dates in the US Immigration Court.
Shortly after taking office, Biden also exempted unaccompanied children from Title 42, named after a section of an obscure 1944 public health law that allows authorities to deny entry to prevent the spread of disease.
Mexico agreed to take back its own citizens under Title 42 authorities, as well as people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
US border authorities found nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors in March, the highest number ever. In total, there were more than 170,000 encounters at the border in April, the highest level in more than 20 years.
Mexicans were responsible for 36 percent of encounters with people crossing illegally in April, the largest nationality according to the latest monthly data available from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Hondurans came in second with 22 percent and Guatemalans came in third with 17 percent.
In March, Lopez Obrador also blamed Biden for the increase in migration at the US border, saying in a March press conference that the Biden administration had raised “expectations” that “there would be better treatment of migrants.”
“And this has led Central American migrants, and also from our country, to want to cross the border, thinking it’s easier to do that,” he said.