‘One of the most under-reported stories about illegal immigration is the damage it causes to the environment…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson is defending his report that illegal immigration negatively affects the U.S., saying that he will not be “intimidated” by companies who have pulled their advertisements from his Fox News show.
Carlson faced backlash after saying that immigration has the potential to make the U.S. a “dirtier” and poorer place.
Carlson cited his interview with an elected official in Tijuana, Genaro Lopez, who told Carlson that the migrant caravan seeking entry into the U.S. trashed his city.
“There’s a lot of trash because, what I was trying to tell you, the 360 [people we had here] grew to 6,200. And that’s why it got out of hand. So, we got another facility. It’s a big concert hall where you can have like 10,000 people under a roof,” Lopez told Carlson.
“Things aren’t getting better. They’re probably getting worse,” he said. “Last weekend, we issued an ultimatum to all the Hondurans and Guatemalans that are camping out here on the street. They’re blocking the street. And they’re bringing all their necessities, trashing the street. … Problems are still going on. There’s been like 280 arrests. Before, it was solely for drug possession and being drunk in the streets. Now, it’s for breaking and entering into homes.”
Lopez’s comments echo similar reports from across the U.S. This past summer, an immigration reform group asked the federal government to do something about the environmental effects of “unchecked mass immigration.”
“One of the most under-reported stories about illegal immigration is the damage it causes to the environment in border areas,” Dale L. Wilcox, the Immigration Reform Law Institute’s executive director and general counsel, said in a statement. “Tons of trash, abandoned vehicles, and dangerous campfires are common along the border.”
California and Arizona have both been seriously affected by the plunder and pollution illegal immigration brings. The Arizona Daily Star reported that an estimated 3.2 million people entered the state through the southern Arizona desert from July 1999 through June 2005, and, in that time, 25 million pounds of trash piled up.
“The collection and disposal of waste in remote areas along Arizona’s 370-mile border with Mexico poses difficult challenges. An estimated more than 2,000 tons of trash is discarded annually in Arizona’s borderland,” the Arizona government said in a website dedicated to its cleanup efforts. “A variety of federal and state government entities, Native American tribes and private landowners are affected by the problem, and addressing it requires extensive coordination.”
The mainstream media has turned a blind eye to the negative impacts of illegal immigration, but Carlson said he will continue to report on the facts as they stand.
“Thanks to the efforts of the American left, he and his city are living with the consequences. But precisely because it is so obviously true, saying it out loud is a threat,” Carlson wrote in an op-ed for Fox News. “Our immigration policy exists for the profit and the comfort of a relatively tiny number of people. Everybody else gets shafted, including Genaro Lopez and an awful a lot of people just like him.
“Meanwhile, the people profiting from the policy don’t want the rest of us to think about it too much. They want us just to mouth the empty platitudes and move on. Nothing to see here. Shut up and go away.”