By Jon Dougherty
On his Friday program, Fox News host Tucker Carlson labeled Mexico a “hostile power” during a tense interview with a guest because the country is either exacerbating the illegal immigrant crush at the U.S. border or is doing nothing to stop it.
Carlson, in an interview with Juan Hernandez, secretary of migrant and foreign affairs for the Mexican state of Guanajuato, said it was hypocritical for his government to resist any move by the United States to close its southwestern border to stop illegal immigration because Mexico’s laws forbid Central American illegal migrants from remaining in the country for long.
As the debate began, Hernandez used a typical Left-wing talking point to argue that most migrants are really just “good people” who are “looking for a better life” — rather than, you know, remaining in their own countries and changing political and social conditions there.
“Why not let them stay forever? But remain Guatemalan and Hondurans … Why would that be bad? Why are you kicking them out after a year?” Carlson noted.
As the interview progressed, Carlson took on an increasingly frustrated tone regarding Hernandez’s claims about Mexico’s enforcement policies towards illegal immigrants. He also cited a 15-year-old comment from his guest that Mexican citizens living in their own country, as well as those living illegally in the U.S., represent a “united nation.”
He also grew frustrated that Hernandez wouldn’t directly answer why his country kicked Central American migrants out after a year if they were ‘mostly good people.
And that’s when Carlson let him have it.
“Mexico is a hostile power that is seeking to undermine our country and sovereignty,” Carlson said.
Hernandez countered that his country deports more Central American migrants than does the U.S., which again prompted Carlson to inquire that if they were such good folk, why kick them out at all?
Eventually, Carlson got fed up and cut the interview short.
“It’s nauseating, you’re not doing the right thing, now I’m getting mad, I’m going to stop this,” Carlson said.
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