On Tuesday night, Univision host Enrique Acevedo went on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to claim that the migrant full of illegal aliens who wish to claim asylum in the United States can’t do so in Mexico because of the violence there. Carlson immediately shut him down, however, by pointing out that if this argument were true, then all of Mexico could claim asylum in the U.S.
Acevedo tried to defend the caravan by claiming that it is “not a monolithic group” and that only 10 percent of the people on it allegedly have a criminal background. Carlson, however, was not having any of it.
“Just because you don’t have a criminal record doesn’t mean you have a right of asylum,” Carlson fired back. He went on to say that “if you are seeking asylum, you are, by definition, required to ask for it in the first safe country you reach, where you don’t face a mortal threat, and that was Mexico, where they were offered asylum, but they didn’t take it.”
“Keyword being safe, not a country where thousands of people are being killed every year actually,” Acevedo responded. “More than, you know, 500,000 people have been killed in Mexico in the last decade or so. So it’s not a safe country. I wouldn’t characterize Mexico as that.”
This put Acevedo right where Carlson wanted him. The host asked that “if Mexico is so dangerous, that you could not seek asylum there because you are in peril just by being in Mexico, then why isn’t the entire population of Mexico eligible for asylum in the United States?”
“You see the immigrants, these Central American immigrants going across Mexico, they are victims of extortion, rape, they are victims of murder, and sometimes they are recruited by criminal gangs,” Acevedo stammered. “That is why, in part, they are now moving across Mexico and a group because they know they have security, —”
“So let me pin you down here, you’ve said they can’t accept the offer of shelter, Mexico said, ‘we will shelter you, we’ll give you asylum,’ they offered that, good for Mexico,” Carlson continued. “I just want you to answer one question, why is the entire population of Mexico, since you said it’s too dangerous to live in, why are they not all eligible for asylum in the United States?”
Acevedo continued to try and debate Carlson, but he did not get very far.
“When you abuse our generosity [in America] we become less generous,” Carlson concluded.