From the April 4 edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight:
TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): What do we want from our immigration system? Well here's some of the questions they should have to answer when that happens. First and most obvious, how many immigrants should we admit every year? What's the ideal number? We currently take a little over a million every year, legally. Should we double that to over 2 million? How about 10 million immigrants a year? How about 20 million? Is there any number that's too high? And if so why? While we're at it, what's the ideal population of the United States? Immigration effects population size more than any other factor. We're at about 325 million people in the United States today and that's a lot. Our highways are crumbling, many of our cities are painfully overcrowded. How big should we get? 400 million? 600 million? A billion people? And if you're pushing to increase the size of our population and they are, what's your plan for keeping our natural environment pristine? Crowded countries are polluted, every single one of them. Tell us why we should want that here?
What sort of skills and education should we look for in immigrants? Not all immigrants are the same. Some start wildly successful companies. Many others go on food stamps, they're not interchangeable widgets, they're human beings. Who should we prefer? What's the ideal level of education an immigrant to this country should have?
Big business doesn't want you to ask this question, they like their immigrants low-skilled and cheap. Ocasio-Cortez does, too. But what happens when technology kills their jobs? And it will. All the major Democrats running for president take money from the technology barons, many of them support self-driving cars. So what do you do with hundreds of thousands of unemployed immigrant cab drivers? Do they all go on welfare? And speaking of, what sort of government services are immigrants entitled to exactly? Democrats promise universal healthcare. Do immigran
ts get that, too? Who pays for it? How many immigrants can our system support? Do we have enough doctors and nurses and hospitals to treat the number of immigrants we want to admit? Same question for schools. The real answer is, of course, nobody knows-- because as of today we have no idea how many immigrants live illegally in the United States. Shouldn't we find out before we make more plans?
And once we do find out, what do we do with them? Who gets deported? Anyone? Or do all of them get to stay? What if the real number of people living here illegally is north of 25 million? And that's entirely possible. That's bigger than the population of 48 out of 50 states. It's enough to change this country completely and forever. Do all of them get citizenship and voting rights? What about gun rights? And do they immediately start paying into the reparations for slavery fund the Democrats are now promoting? How will you explain that to them? Can we watch that conversation? And finally what about America's ideals? Democrats are always talking about values when the subject of immigration comes up. They quote from the poem on the Statue of Liberty and tell you about their grandparents.
Well, previous waves of immigrants were asked to buy into this country's most basic ideals. Religious pluralism, free speech, political freedom, equality under the law. Our schools made them learn English and tried to instill patriotism. We called it assimilation. We thought it was critical to our social cohesion. Are we still for that? Do we still think we have values to impart, or do we imagine that huge groups of people with nothing in common can share the same country without fighting each other? It's an important question, maybe the most important question of all. You never hear anyone ask it. Anyone who dares ask it is banned from Twitter. Instead you hear the endless drone of self-righteous children barking about racism. That's not enough. The decisions we make today about immigration are irreversible. They will help determine the health of the country we leave to our grandchildren. We should be a lot more serious than we are.