Watch Tucker Carlson's embarrassing and ill-informed interview with immigrant advocate Julissa Arce

From the June 20 edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight

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TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): It does seem to me that no matter how conflicted you feel about immigration, you would never be in favor of a state school capping admittance of American citizens, but in effect giving preference to illegal aliens. Why would any sane person be in favor of that?

JULISSA ARCE: I don't think anybody is in favor of that and we have to be really clear about what this new rule really says and what this new rule says is that it's capping the number of out-of-state students. It never says they're capping the number of U.S. citizens. It's simply capping the number of students that are coming from out of the state, and frankly rightly so, because the regents are tasked with the fiduciary responsibility to take actions that are in benefit of California residents. And what this audit that they did found is that universities were accepting a larger number of out-of-state residents and lowering the standards of admission for those residents, which was of course, hurting California residents. So no one is in favor of capping U.S. citizens, but what this does is it caps the number of out-of-state students.


CARLSON: Let's not dodge the question though. Can you think as a -- because I think the philosophical underpinning of it really matters here. Government exists to serve citizens, there's a difference between a citizen and a non-citizen, doesn't mean the non-citizen is bad, but it means he's not number one on the priority list for government, by definition, or shouldn't be. So can you think of another place on planet Earth where a government would put the needs of a non-citizen before a citizen? 

ARCE: Well I can think of a scenario where the regents of the state of California have to act in the best interest of Californians. And that is what is happening in this case. If we come back up for a second, state universities exist to benefit the residents of each of those states, right? The University of Texas, where I went to school was established to serve Texans. In California, the state universities are established for that.


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