Gatekeeping our borders and polls.

April 9th, 2021. Tucker Carlson receiving backlash over alternate identification theory for migrants flying from the border using comments that have been called racist by the Anti-Defamation League. Tucker Carlson is a television host and political commentator who has a special political talk show called, “Tucker Carlson, tonight on Fox News.” In his Nightly News Talkshow, he said "Where the government shows preference to people who have shown absolute contempt for our customs, our laws, our system itself and they're treated better than American citizens." In his show, he was talking about a very important subject which is immigration. While not blaming immigration and immigrants themselves there is the use of words that let the audience know he is worried about voter replacement, he says it's a voting rights question. American voters are being replaced by immigrant voters.


What type of immigrant is Tucker Carlson talking about? Because the distinction matters. There are four different types of immigrants, those are Citizens, Residents, Non-Immigrants, and Undocumented. An immigrant-Citizen of the United States can vote, yes. There is no question there. But the other three types of immigrants cannot vote. U.S permanent residents are allowed to live and work in the United States, and they also pay taxes, they can even take out student loans and make payments on those loans. An immigrant visa is issued to a person who desires permanent residency inside the United States, while a nonimmigrant visa is someone who lives outside the United States but wants a temporary basis to be inside the US mainland or territory. There are over twenty different categories of nonimmigrant classifications. Some of those classifications are listed as “Foreign national with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics. Or Athlete, amateur or professional (competing for prize money only)” (DOS). Even so, the assumption that all immigrants that are within the US can vote is false. Only naturalized immigrants can vote because they became US citizens. The USA.gov website, listed below, clearly states “who can’t vote? Non-citizens, including legal permanent residents.” (USA.gov).


Tucker Carlson is known for having outlandish comments. Though this time there seems to be less subtlety because often Tucker Carlson is well-spoken and often hides his messages with eloquent speech. The difference I see is there instead of using coded language he is starting to be blunt, more direct than usual. Southern states, but most importantly southern white Republican voters who are listening and waiting for a call to action. Let us remember that words have power since the attack on the capitol building that left at least eleven people dead. He goes on to say that this is about voting rights. Instead of saying immigration is an issue because immigrants are more likely to vote democratic, he says "more obedient voters from the third world" which heavily implies that he is worried about immigrants taking American votes, especially from Republican voters. I believe that it's important to mention that it is not a bad thing for immigrants to vote for the Democratic Party if they believe that is what is in their best interest. An individual should do what is best for themselves but overall Democratic policies like for example Universal health care is going to help Republican voters everywhere in the United States because a many of them just like many democrats are poor and uneducated. Life is so much more than just working a nine to five, that's why financial freedom is important, and with the right tools, there would be a highly educated well-trained workforce. One article written by CNN says the Anti-Defamation is calling for Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson over racist comments about replacement Theory.


The great replacement or the replacement Theory is a White nationalist conspiracy theory which states that with the cooperation of intellectual Elites the white population is being demographically and culturally replaced by non-Europeans specifically Arabs and Latinos. The white nationalist Theory and Carlson's replacement identification Theory are a lot in common. Carlson's said that this is not a white replacement Theory but a voting rights question. He says "I have less political power because they are importing a brand new electorate." There are similarities between white nationalists replacement Theory and Tucker Carlson's alternate identification. He claims that expanding the electorate dilutes the political power of the existing population. This is not just about illegal immigration, Tucker Carlson is against all immigration because as he says it is going to take away voting power from Republicans because immigrants are more likely to vote Democratic. Fear-mongering is causing division between the right and the left. Fear-mongering will cause a violent reaction against all minorities. Although in the recent past we have seen that white Republican voters are willing to attack politicians at Capitol building to get political change. Is that not however the definition of terrorism?