Ingraham to Migrants: Apply for Asylum to U.S. From ‘Safety’ of Your Own Countries

Ingraham to Migrants: Apply for Asylum to U.S. From ‘Safety’ of Your Own Countries

Fox News host Laura Ingraham had some enormously unhelpful advice for migrants on Wednesday night’s edition of The Ingraham Angle.

In a monologue about the dangers of the long trek from Central America, Ingraham told any migrants who might somehow be watching her show, “If you want to apply for asylum, that’s fine. But you should do so in the safety of your home country.”

One, a person applies for asylum in the country where they are seeking safety. That is the whole point. Two, if migrants’ countries were safe, they would not be fleeing them in favor of a dangerous journey to seek asylum elsewhere in the first place.

Ingraham, whose nativist tendencies are well known, also suggested that migrants who reach the border of the United States should be turned away immediately. This is a violation of international laws governing the treatment of asylum seekers, though I imagine the U.S. violating those laws in this case would not bother Laura Ingraham.

She also suggested that migrants applying for asylum be made to wait in Mexico while their cases wend their way through the American legal system. This has already happened to thousands of migrants under the Trump administration, who are stuck in places like a soccer stadium in Tijuana. One problem with this approach is that aid groups in Mexico trying to help these migrants also find themselves in danger from some of the same criminals the migrants are fleeing in the first place.

Watch above, via Fox News.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.