Tucker Carlson interviewed Cesar Vargas on Monday in what became a rowdy back-and-forth on immigration that concluded with the Fox News host telling Vargas — who has a green card — that he is in the U.S. illegally, before suggesting that he could reported or “taken out by force.”
Vargas, an undocumented immigrant who recently earned his green card and works as a lawyer in New York, began by addressing the news that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced that his city was terminating a major database agreement with ICE. The discussion eventually turned to President Donald Trump‘s election in 2016, so naturally Carlson amped up the snark and told Vargas “Let me explain our system to you because I know you are here illegally.”
As Vargas argued that ICE will still have access to the information they need to target criminal aliens, he and Carlson went back and forth over whether the news out of Philly violates the law. This segued into a debate over whether undocumented immigrants are entitled to constitutional rights, during which Carlson told Vargas “don’t lecture me” and “don’t hit me with the ‘race’ crap.”
“You’re here illegally!” Carlson said. “I don’t know what ‘chutzpah’ is in Spanish but for you sitting here illegally, and we’re not reporting you or having you taken out by force…”
Vargas informed Carlson that he has a green card, and the Fox News host told him “mazel tov.”
“We all are Americans,” Vargas said.
“No you’re not actually, you’re a Mexican,” Carlson shot back. “Citizen, I believe.”
“A Mexican-American,” Vargas said.
Watch above, via Fox News.
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