Conservative internet personality Tomi Lahren appeared on FOX Television on Saturday and let her racism fly. Lahren, doubled down on the controversial remarks by White House chief of staff John Kelly regarding immigration and in the process whitewashed American history claiming immigrants that don't speak English don't deserve the privilege of becoming American.
You don’t just come into this country with low skills, low education, not understanding the language and come into our country because someone says it makes them feel nice. That’s not what this country is based on. We don’t believe in importing poverty.
Earlier in the week, NPR released statement that Kelly had made on immigration, saying:
The vast majority of the people that move illegally into United States are not bad people. But they’re also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society. They’re overwhelmingly rural people in the countries they come from ― fourth, fifth, sixth grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English, obviously that’s a big thing. They don’t speak English. They don’t integrate well, they don’t have skills. They’re not bad people. They’re coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws.
What both Kelly and Lahren failed to mention is that they both descend from immigrants who came to this country and didn't speak English. For Lahren that includes a great-great-grandfather who forged documents in order to stay in the country.
Journalist, Jennifer Mendelsohn, put it this way:
I bring this to light not to shame or embarrass Tomi Lahren. It means he may have been a good man who made a bad decision under pressure. It means you’d hope his great-great-granddaughter would have empathy for the plight of immigrants rather than try to pull up the ladder behind her.
At the end of the clip Lahren makes a point to say that she lives in California and, "We have enough poverty. We have enough issues. We don't need anymore."
It doesn't take much to read between the lines and know Lahren is clearly talking about immigrants in Southern California who have come from Central and South American countries. In other words, it was fine for her white ancestors to break the rules, but brown people are not welcome.
If it sounds like racism and smells like racism, it's probably racism.
.@TomiLahren: "You don't just come into this country with low skills, low education, not understanding the language and come into our country because someone says it makes them feel nice. That's not what this country is based on." @WattersWorld pic.twitter.com/Dux0cABHar— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 13, 2018
H/T: Huffington Post