Musk Says ‘Extreme Individuals’ Entering US During Visit to Southern Border
On Thursday, Tech billionaire Elon Musk toured the U.S. southern border at Eagle Pass, Texas, and warned Americans about “extreme individuals” entering the country. During his city tour, Musk was accompanied by Congressman Tony Gonzalez (R-TX), which has recently been under a state of emergency as thousands of migrants pour over the border.
That same day, Musk live-streamed some of his observations on X, giving viewers an “unfiltered” look into the border crisis.
“To be clear we’re both very much in favor of expanded legal immigration. I think anyone who is hardworking and honest and is really gonna add to … the economy, we should let them in,” Musk said. The tech mogul became a U.S. citizen himself in 2002.
“But I mean what we are seeing are, in some cases, some pretty extreme individuals coming through,” he warned.
“Obviously not suggesting everyone is like this, but you are talking about a guy who came through who had face tattoos – including tears, tattooed on his face.”
Musk explained that the tear-drop tattoos indicate how many people someone has killed.
“They have murdered someone and they are so proud of having murdered someone they tattoo one tear on their face for every person they have killed,
And this person claimed asylum. And we let them in. A serial murderer. Who is proud of their murders. This is insane.”
Musk’s tour of the southern border sparked anger from New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“The House is holding important votes in D.C. tonight; people are scrambling to avoid a shutdown, but this Republican Congressman decided to skip town to joyride with a billionaire when his own party has just a single-digit margin and needs his vote.” she posted to X on Thursday, about Rep. Gonzalez.
On Wednesday, Musk had taken a jab at the Congresswoman for suggesting that more immigrants had come through Ellis Island than had trespassed over the southern border. Musk said of the Congresswoman, “She’s just not that smart.”
Ocasio-Cortez responded, “I wasn’t born rich and became the youngest woman in American history to be elected to Congress … Stay mad.”
Her outrage follows repeated criticism from Musk about her state’s handling of the migrant crisis. He has warned that the flood of illegal immigrants is “leading to a collapse of social services where even America’s largest city, New York, is buckling under the pressure of just how many illegal immigrants are going to New York.”
“If New York can’t handle it, well pretty much no part of the country can,” Musk said. “So if we don’t do something soon we’re just gonna have, like I said, a collapse in social services as we’re already seeing in New York.”
During his live-stream on Thursday, Musk also called out the abuse of the asylum system, saying that the “vast majority” of migrants do not have legitimate claims.
“We are in this absurd situation where the vast majority of people are not, in fact, asylum seekers – you can actually read on Google in any language you want what are the magic words you need to say,” Musk said.
“And then you are automatically in the asylum, sort of, queue. Which takes several years before you actually see anyone. And then even if you do see one, even if you are denied, you are not deported.”
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