Tucker Carlson slammed Republicans who have come out in favor of keeping the Obama-era DACA policy and killing one of President Trump‘s campaign promises.
“Almost ten months into the Republican Congress, top Republicans on Capitol Hill have finally found an issue they can really rally around: preserving President Obama‘s immigration policies,” Carlson began his monologue on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday.
DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was a program in the Obama administration that “apparently, illegally gives work permits to illegal immigrants who arrived in this country as children,” Carlson explained, noting that the White House announced that Trump will decide the fate of the program on Tuesday. Many Republicans have come out against the president killing the policy despite it being one of his proposed actions during the election.
The Fox News anchor pointed out that fulfilling that campaign promise would line up with the GOP’s “stated position against amnesty” and enforcing the law instead of giving “politicized immunity” to those who entered the U.S. illegally.
Carlson called out Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado for their attempts to preserve the program. He specifically called attention to North Carolina’s Sen. Thom Tillis who is crafting amnesty legislation that is a “conservative alternative” to DACA, reportedly giving “2.5 million illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship.”
“We’re supposed to believe that this is the ‘conservative’ position, but the only thing it conserves is President Obama’s policy priorities,” Carlson said.
He further slammed Tillis who ran for his seat three years ago campaigning against amnesty and insisting the border had to be secure before any immigration reform could be finalized as law.
“Looks like he didn’t mean any of that,” Carlson said, adding that Tillis declined to appear on his show after being invited.
“We’ll bet if we asked him or any other pro-amnesty Republican on the Hill: ‘What’s wrong with enforcing immigration laws on the books?’ they’d tell you “It’s cruel to deport people who have lived here for a while.”
“Okay, that’s a fair point,” Carlson conceded, “but it would be easier to take if our elite showed a similar concern for hurting American citizens and there are many of those. Like the one in four of working age who don’t have jobs right now, or the 14 million on disability, the one in six on antidepressants, the more than 50,000 who died of drug ODs just in the last year. That’s almost as many as were killed during the entire decade of the Vietnam war. You hear about those people occasionally here in Washington. You hear about those poor DACA kids a lot more and that tells you everything.”
Carlson then reminded viewers that Trump won the election without the support of the Republican establishment, many of which “denounced” and “despised” him. He won anyway, Carlson went on, because “his campaign promises had powerful appeal.”
“Rather than take advantage of their good luck and consider whether they ought to try to help the president achieve those campaign promises, Republicans have repeatedly shown that their campaign pledges were lies and that their chief interest is in protecting the tiny donor class that funds their campaigns,” Carlson said.
He concluded that these Republicans show “more affinity for President Obama’s policies” than President Trump’s.
“When a bunch of Republicans are crushed in next fall’s congressional elections, they will try to blame the president. It might have been easier to just listen to the president’s voters,” he concluded.
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