Is all change for the better?
On Monday, Tucker Carlson addressed the issue of “bewilderingly fast” demographic changes in America, declaring “this is more change than human beings are designed to digest.”
The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host discussed a piece in National Geographic magazine that dealt with shifting demographics, specifically in the small mining town of Hazleton, Pa.
“In the year 2000, Hazleton’s population was 2 percent Hispanic,” Carlson noted. “Just 16 years later, Hazleton is majority Hispanic. That’s a lot of change.”
He went on to describe how residents have reacted to the influx of Latin American immigrants.
“People who grew up in Hazleton return to find out they can’t communicate with the people who now live there. And that’s bewildering for people. That’s happening all over the country.”
“No nation, no society has ever changed this much, this fast,” Carlson added.
The Fox News personality asserted he wasn’t promoting bigotry, but argued that rapid demographic changes makes societies “volatile.”
“Now, before you start calling anyone bigoted, consider and be honest, how would you feel if that happened in your neighborhood?
“It doesn’t matter how nice the immigrants are. They probably are nice. Most immigrants are nice, that’s not the point.
“The point is–this is more change than human beings are designed to digest. This pace of change makes societies volatile–really volatile, just as ours has become volatile.”
Carlson criticized politicians who promote diversity even while their own neighborhoods remains predominantly white.
“And notice where this change is not happening? Any place our leaders live. They caused all of us with their reckless immigration policies, and yet their own neighborhoods are basically unchanged, they look like it’s 1960.
“No demographic change at all in their zip codes. Our leaders are for diversity, just not where they live.”
Projections by Pew Research show that, under current immigration levels, non-Hispanic whites will cease to be a majority in the US by 2065, although they are estimated to remain a plurality.
Also according to Pew, 36 percent of the US population by 2065 will be foreign-born or have at least one immigrant parent.
President Trump has previously voiced support for the RAISE Act, a Senate bill that would not only reduce illegal immigration, but cut legal immigration by 50 percent.