Tucker Carlson has accused Vice President Kamala Harris of ‘bribing’ Central Americans to stay in their home countries as the crisis at the US southern border continues to plague her.
President Joe Biden recently tapped Harris to lead the diplomatic efforts to stop the surge of migrants who have been pouring into the United States since he took office in January. The pair have proposed to spend $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 unveil her policy to address the crisis. What is it? In a word, the plan is bribery.
‘The administration plans to spend billions of dollars to pay Latin America’s poor not to move to the United States. CNN loves the idea of course. It blames America.’
Tucker Carlson has accused Vice President Kamala Harris of ‘bribing’ Central Americans to stay in their home countries as the crisis at the US southern border continues to plague her
Biden recently tapped Harris to lead the diplomatic efforts to stop the surge of migrants who have been pouring into the United States since he took office in January. She is pictured in Mexico on Tuesday
U.S. border authorities encountered nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children in March, the highest on record. Overall, it had more than 170,000 encounters on the border in April, the highest level in more than 20 years
He stated that, as Vice President in the Obama administration, Biden actually instituted a similar foreign aid plan, which was unsuccessful.
‘The idea at the time 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 it. How’d that work exactly? Let’s see. We now have more people from Central America coming over our border illegally than at any time in decades, possibly ever. So it didn’t work very well,’ Carlson declared.
‘Kamala Harris is no genius, but… she knows more bribes won’t work. So instead of defending her plan on the specifics, she’s taking the easier and far more familiar road: more babbling about racism and sexism, and of course, climate change.’
Carlson then played a clip of the VP saying many were fleeing Central America to escape ‘violence against women, Indigenous people, LGBTQ people, and Afro-descendants.’
But Carlson disputed that claim, saying: ‘They’re not coming here because they’re fleeing a culture they don’t like. They’re coming 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 wanted to solve this problem, the answer is pretty simple. You would deport people here illegally. That’s what normal countries do… If we did that, it would get the world’s attention immediately.’
‘Kamala Harris is no genius, but… she knows more bribes won’t work’: Carlson lashed out at the VP on Monday night
Biden recently tapped Harris to lead the diplomatic efforts to stop the surge of migrants who have been pouring into the United States since he took office in January. The pair have proposed to spend $4 billion to address the ‘root causes of migration’ in countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico
Central American migrants make a line to board a bus to be transported by U.S. Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande river on Tuesday
Carlson added that foreign aid projects ‘are where liberal arrogance goes to die. They almost never work for the people they’re supposed to work for.’
He added: ‘If anything, Joe Biden’s aid package encouraged illegal migration to the U.S. Michael Clemens, a fellow at the Center for Global Development, studied the data on this. Clemens found that “foreign aid focused on economic development is actually associated with increases in emigration from poor countries.’
Carlon’s monologue came just hours after Harris landed in Mexico Monday for a crunch meeting with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who she has been courting for months.
The Tuesday meeting will close out Harris’ first foreign trip, with Biden’s 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 committed in a previous virtual meeting with Harris that the U.S. can ‘count on us’ to help address the issue of irregular 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 Northern Triangle countries 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 a key partner in enforcement efforts at the border.
lllegal border crossings have increased steadily since April 2020, after Trump introduced pandemic-related powers to deny migrants the opportunity to seek asylum, but further accelerated under Biden, who quickly scrapped many of Trump’s hardline border policies – most notably the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for court dates in U.S. immigration court.
Shortly after taking office, Biden also exempted unaccompanied children from Title 42, named for 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.
U.S. border authorities encountered nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children in March, the highest on record. Overall, it had more than 170,000 encounters on the border in April, the highest level in more than 20 years.
Mexicans accounted for 36 percent of encounters with people who crossed illegally in April, the largest nationality according to the latest monthly data available from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Hondurans were second with 22 percent and Guatemalans were third with 17 percent.
Kamala snaps at Lester Holt from Guatemala for asking why she won’t to go to the border
Kamala Harris lashed out at Lester Holt on Tuesday when he asked why she has refused to the border in the 76 days since President Joe Biden put her in charge of the crisis.
‘Do you have any plans to visit the border?’ the NBC host questioned Harris in an interview taped Monday in Guatemala during the vice president’s first international trip.
‘At some point, you know, we are going to the border,’ she insisted in the interview 1,308 miles from where migrants are risking their lives crossing the Rio Grande River on inflatable rafts.
‘We’ve been to the border. So this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border,’ she repeated.
‘You haven’t been to the border,’ Holt pushed back.
‘And I haven’t been to Europe,’ Harris snapped, then quickly turned it into her signature laugh.
‘And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making,’ she said to Holt ‘I’m not discounting the importance of the border.’
Texas Senator Ted Cruz shot back against Harris’ comments, claiming she was ‘laughing off’ the seriousness of the border crisis.
‘You haven’t been to Europe, you haven’t been to Australia, but we don’t have an Australian border crisis, we don’t have a border crisis in Europe. We have a border crisis on the southern border,’ Cruz told Fox News during an interview on America’s Newsroom.
Kamala Harris lashed out during an interview on Monday when asked again why she hasn’t visited the southern border. ‘I haven’t been to Europe,’ the vice president snapped at interviewer Lester Holt. ‘And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making’