There’s an old saying that goes, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” A law professor at George Mason University believes that’s the case when it comes anyone who opposes immigration.
Ilya Somin, who wrote an April 6 op-ed for the Washington Post describing what he believes is “public ignorance” about immigration, tried to defend his viewpoint Monday against Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Carlson said he didn’t think it was fair to call people ignorant about the facts, if they disagree with a higher rate of immigration for the United States.
“That’s not true of everyone, but it is true of many people,” Somin said. “If you look at survey data from both here and in Europe, a lot of opposition to immigration is due to things like the numbers of immigrants, whether or not they go on welfare or whether they increase the crime rate or lower it.”
“Much of what people feel is influenced by ignorance on a variety of political topics,” the professor stated. “People don’t spend a lot of their time paying attention to the details of policies so it’s easy for them to not know very much.”
Carlson countered saying: “Why call them names? Why not acknowledge their views as legitimate?”
Somin claimed that people are busy, and therefore don’t know all the facts, and are perhaps being influenced by right-wing political propaganda.
When the interview went into some more facts on immigration, Carson quoted one of Somin’s statements that read, “increased immigration was unlikely to increase the welfare state.” He disagreed with Somin arguing, “There’s a great deal of evidence that that’s silly. Immigrants to this country take welfare at a higher rate.”
At the 6:25 mark, the professor gets a booger on his lower lip that keeps sticking to his upper lip and stretching vertically as he talks.
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