Tucker Carlson destroyed a prominent migrant campaigner during a heated on-air debate following Donald Trump’s decision to suspend the US refugee program.
Kevin Appleby, a migrant advocate, was left squirming during the car-crash interview as he desperately tried to defend the merits of the refugee influx.
The heated on-air spat comes after Donald Trump officially suspended the US refugee program and banned Syrians indefinitely.
Mr Appleby, who works for Migration and Refugee Services Office of Migration and Refugee Policy, attempted to condemn the President’s controversial policy.
However, when he was left at a loss for words after the Fox News host persistently asked him for specific benefits of the refugee resettlement programme.
At one point during the interview, Mr Appleby even mentioned that the US had made Syria safer because of its efforts in accepting refugees.
As part of his stream of executive orders, President Trump banned the entry of Syrian refugees into the US yesterday until further notice.
The wide-ranging measures also banned all refugee admissions for four months.
He halted visas being issued to nationals of six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, for three months.
Mr Trump said the measures were intended to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the US”.
In response to this, Mr Applebly told the Fox News host Mr Carlson that Mr Trump was making a mistake.
He argued that accepting refugees had made America safer, rather than more vulnerable to terrorism.
He said: “This is both a soft power move and a humanitarian gesture.
“Refugees are not threats. It takes them 2-3 years to get into this country
“We have to show global leadership. Otherwise, the world is chaos.”
Mr Carlson persistently asked the migrant advocate to give him just one benefits of the refugee programme.
He asked: “What’s in it for Americans citizens? Name me one benefit the US has derived from the refugee resettlement.
“Your claim is that it is an ISIS recruiting tool, that unless we let in people from Syria, ISIS is going to hate us?
“But don’t they already hate us?”
The conservative television anchor pointed to the Boston bombings as well as attacks reported in Minnesota as evidence of the threat refugees pose to Americans.
Mr Carlson argued: “They were refugees brought here at public expense.
“You say it’s a Christian duty to accept them, but what is Christian if you are forcing others to pay for resettlement?”
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