Conditioned responses are funny things. One of them, the statement that they're "probably all nice people" — oft used when discussing illegal migrants — is also a dangerous thing.
That very line was uttered, reflexively, by Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson Monday night while discussing how one percent of Guatemalans have left for our country in just the last year. It's a qualifier reflecting that one has been put on the defensive — in a losing position.
No, this isn't an attack on Carlson, who's the best mainstream cable news and commentary host in the business. Rather, it's a cautionary tale: that an intrepid culture warrior such as Carlson can be conditioned to behave defensively — when he should be unabashedly taking the offense (the best defense) — speaks volumes about the effectiveness of leftist conditioning.
The quoted statement is illogical. No large group contains member who are "all" nice people. Moreover, as Carlson himself pointed out last year, citing data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission (video below), illegals do, unsurprisingly, commit an inordinate amount of crime. Nice people?
Despite Tucker saying this information was new, I found similar numbers a federal government site a few month ago. If illegal immigrants participation rate in city and state crimes is on the same magnitude as their participation in federal crimes, they are not, as is frequently claimed on the left, more lawful than American citizens, just the opposite.
The opponent here is a joke; he has nothing to counter with. We're somehow supposed to be vetting people who are sneaking in without permission?