Contrary to Stuart Varney's accusation, the current increase at the U.S.-Mexico border is a regular cyclical occurrence at this time of year — between the end of winter, and before the heat of the summer months — combined with pent-up demand from migration that did not occur as much during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Indeed, the numbers have been rising since last year when former President Donald Trump was still in office, rather than simply beginning to increase under President Joe Biden.
Varney's remarks also come as other Fox News personalities, most notably Tucker Carlson, have openly endorsed the white nationalist “great replacement” conspiracy theory, which posits that white people are being systematically “replaced” by people of color through mass immigration at the behest of shadowy elites. The theory has also been linked to far-right terrorists who committed mass shootings in both Christchurch, New Zealand, and El Paso, Texas, in 2019.
Fox News personalities have promoted the conspiracy theory for years, casting immigration as a “purposeful repopulation of America” and helping to propel the idea further into the mainstream of public discourse.