Tucker Carlson ripped into President Joe Biden’s administration for allegedly releasing thousands of illegal immigrants into the US without testing them for coronavirus in a scathing monologue.
The Fox News host opened his show on Monday night with the rant, in which he accused Biden of ‘punishing’ and endangering the lives of Americans by releasing the migrants without tests.
Carlson then invited the sheriff of Jackson County, Texas, A.J. Louderback, on to the show to explain why Biden’s immigration policies are hurting communities along America’s border with Mexico.
The host started his monologue by mentioning how the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is requiring international air travelers to obtain a COVID-19 test before they can enter the US. Then he shifted to immigration, saying that migrants entering the US illegally are not being held to the same safety standards.
‘Tonight we learned that the Joe Biden administration is releasing thousands of foreign nationals living here illegally into American neighborhoods without bothering to test them for the coronavirus,’ he said.
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Tucker Carlson ripped into President Joe Biden’s administration for allegedly releasing thousands of illegal immigrants into the US without testing them for coronavirus in a scathing monologue on Monday night
In his first three weeks in office, Biden has taken several steps to roll back strict immigration policies under former President Donald Trump
Carlson then played a clip from a White House news conference on Friday, where Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the policy.
In the clip Fox News correspondent Kristin Fisher asks: ‘What could be done to provide COVID testing to migrants at the border? Because right now the US Customs and Border Protection is saying they’re having to catch and release some migrants without giving them any kind of COVID test before they’re entering the community. So what is being done? What could be done?’
Psaki appeared confused by the question. ‘Are you suggesting they’re letting people in across the border without testing them? Or – tell me a little bit more about -‘ she said before Fisher cut her off.
‘They’re being released, they’re having to [release them] because of the executive order that the president signed earlier this week,’ Fisher said.
‘Which executive [order]? Which one?’ Psaki replied before Carlson came back on screen.
‘Yeah, which one?’ Carlson asked. ‘Covid-infected illegal aliens released into the United States. Whatever. It’s not like there’s a pandemic. The press secretary didn’t care enough to answer the question.’
Carlson then cited two law enforcement officials who confirmed that ‘illegal aliens’ were being released without tests.
‘So we’re releasing people without knowing [if they’re infected], which puts the public at risk,’ Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told the show, along with Leon Wilmos, the sheriff of Yuma County, Arizona.
Customs and Border Protection announced that some migrants were being released into the United States to await immigration hearings last week, but did not specify how many. The agency cited overflowing detainment facilities as the reason for the releases.
The New York Times reported that about 1,000 migrants had been released in Texas, and hundreds more in California.
CPB did not say anything about whether the migrants released were tested for coronavirus beforehand, but at least one facility in Laredo, Texas, reported being unable to administer tests because they had run out.
Customs and Border Protection announced that some migrants were being released into the United States to await immigration hearings last week, but did not specify how many. Pictured: Migrants cross into Southern California from Mexico in a 2018 file photo
A Central American woman and her son cross the Rio Grande to surrender to the Border Patrol at the Texas/Mexico crossing
Migrants cross the Rio Grande moments before another family crossed with the intention of asking for political asylum
Carlson invited the sheriff of Jackson County, Texas, A.J. Louderback (right), onto the show to explain why Biden’s policies are hurting communities along America’s border with Mexico
Carlson insisted that the migrants were in fact not being tested as he blasted the government for ‘punishing’ legal Americans.
‘When we release people that break our laws without bothering to test them for the virus – the same virus we’ve used as a pretext for wrecking your life – what we’re saying in the clearest possible terms [is]: “We don’t like you,”‘ he said.
‘This isn’t a policy. It’s an act of aggression. It’s designed to humiliate you and demoralize you. Reckless, nondestructive immigration policy is the penalty or paying for your white supremacy.’
Carlson then welcomed Louderback, the Jackson County sheriff, to weigh in.
‘Is it true in the state of Texas that people who have been detained because they’re not here legally, they’re foreign nationals, are being released without a coronavirus test?’ he asked.
‘It’s absolutely true. Absolutely true,’ Louderback said. ‘The memo that I received this last week – it’s basically “defund ICE” by memo, by memorandum.
‘This is a particularly devastating document for Texans and Americans. The message has been sent. It’s a message to the world that you can come here illegally, commit crimes here and remain here illegally.’
Asked why he thinks migrants are not being tested, Louderback said: ‘I’m sure it wasn’t a forgotten item’ and attacked Biden’s administration for their ‘haste’ in rolling back former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
‘The covid issue is conveniently overlooked during this time,’ he said, predicting that the policy will create ‘irreparable harm’.
‘Every peace officer in the United States should be extremely concerned about the attitude, the lawlessness, the complete, abject removal of law.
‘We have a nullification of the law going on here. We’re not going to enforce anything.’