President Trump unloaded on the concept of mass, unlimited immigration in a no-holds-barred interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson that aired on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday evening, comparing immigration in the United States and Europe to “successful” low-immigrant countries like China, South Korea, and Japan.
“Can you think of a place that has been improved by mass immigration or movements of large numbers of refugees?” asked Carlson.
“Not one,” Trump said in response. “I said the immigration policies in Europe are a disaster. You’re destroying Europe. You’re destroying the culture of Europe. The crime is up in those areas and you’d better do something.”
“The culture is changing rapidly and the crime rate is changing more than rapidly,” Trump said. “We have to be very strong on the border.”
“And by the way the people who are really asking for it, you know it’s interesting, they probably go down as we don’t want the wall but when it came to their backyard they wanted that wall and they wanted it up fast,” Trump said after noting the progress that’s been made on the border wall to this point. “But we’ve started the wall. We’re going to continue with the wall. It’s so necessary, but we have strong immigration policies — our laws are so bad, Tucker. Somebody comes in they step on our land and we end up with a court case that takes seven years but the people never show up to court. It’s so bad, and we have to do something about it. Like, if they come into our land we have to say, ‘I’m sorry you have to leave.’ Not, ‘I’m sorry please come to court.’ We’re going to put you in court, you’ll come back in three years for your trial and then they never show up. That’s what’s happening now. It’s crazy.”
Carlson then brought up the immigration policies in other nations, particularly China.
“China is a very rich country as you often say, how many refugees and immigrants does China allow?” asked Carlson.
“I would say probably none,” responded Trump, noting that other countries like Japan and South Korea don’t allow mass immigration yet are successful.
“Is there pressure on those countries to allow refugees and immigrants to come in?” Carlson asked.
“I don’t even think the people making the decision would want to waste the phone call,” Trump said. “There’s no chance. Check out Japan, ask them, how many have you taken in the last 20 years? You can count them on your fingers.”
“If the key to success as a country is immigration … ” said Carlson.
“I’m not even talking about key to success,” said Trump. “It depends on what immigration, what’s going on, but you’re asking me about China, and I added Japan, I added other countries also. It is virtually impossible, and I’ll tell you what, Mexico has very strong immigration laws, you know, if Mexico wanted they could stop this huge flow of people coming up from different parts of South America including Mexico and pouring into our border. Our laws are so bad, we have the worst laws anywhere in the world. We have the worst immigration laws in the world. We don’t have any law. We have the opposite of law.”