Tucker Carlson Calls 'Annoying' Ilhan Omar Proof Immigration Is 'Dangerous' To US

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In the segment, aired on Tuesday night, he described her as "living proof that the way we practice immigration has become unsafe to this country" and "a living fire alarm".

Omar, who emigrated from Somalia to the U.S.as a child, laughed at Carlson's screed.

Mr. Carlson, who previously called Ms. Omar "a symbol of America's failed immigration system", started by praising the lawmaker's story as an American success.

'The details might not have all matched, but that's what I remember, ' the first hibjab-wearing USA congresswoman said.

The representative from Minnesota told hundreds of students at Richfield High School last week in her home state that she witnessed an elderly black woman get detained for a weekend for stealing $2 bread for her 'starving 5-year-old granddaughter'. The segment has been criticized for being "flat-out racist," and Omar initially retaliated by calling Carlson a "racist fool...weeping about my presence in Congress".

"Omar isn't disappointed in America, she's enraged by it", said Carlson in his commentary from his show.

Carlson was apparently referencing a recent Washington Post profile that quoted Omar as telling high school students, "I grew up in an extremely unjust society, and the only thing that made my family excited about coming to the United States was that the United States was supposed to be the country that guaranteed justice to all". She was one of two Muslim women to be elected to the House in November 2018.

"She has undisguised contempt for the United States and for its people", Carlson said. In addition to receiving death threats, she's been accused of anti-Semitism from politicians on both sides of the aisle, targeted via Twitter by President Donald Trump and villainized by the New York Post.

Carlson's attack on Omar was described as "outrageously racist" even by his standards.

Ilhan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become unsafe to this country. She fled the Somali civil war into a Kenyan refugee camp and then arrived at age 12 in the United States, where she has said she found discrimination and racism incompatible with the expectations of American idealism. "It's risky", she said. "A system created to strengthen America is instead undermining it".

This is not the first time the freshman congresswoman has been caught embellishing facts to support her arguments. "Some of the very people we try hardest to help have come to hate us passionately", he continued, which CNN media commentator Brian Stelter described as an "extraordinary leap" from Omar's comments to the Post. "Or maybe the problem is deeper than that, maybe we're importing people from places whose values are antithetical to ours". She's a living fire alarm, a warning to the rest of us we better change our immigration system immediately.