Elon Musk Praised by Tennessee Senator for Calling Out Democrats’ ‘Insane’ Vote for Taxpayer-Funded Migrant Charter Flights

Kos Temenes
By Kos Temenes
March 28, 2024US News
Elon Musk Praised by Tennessee Senator for Calling Out Democrats’ ‘Insane’ Vote for Taxpayer-Funded Migrant Charter Flights
C.E.O. of Tesla, Chief Engineer of SpaceX, and C.T.O. of X Elon Musk speaks during the New York Times annual DealBook summit in New York City on Nov. 29, 2023. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Elon Musk has received praise from Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) for bringing attention to a united opposition from Senate Democrats over his proposed amendment to stop federal funding of charter flights for illegal immigrants.

The senator made the comments on March 27 on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” hosted by Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino.

Mr. Musk’s post on his social media platform X on March 23 expressed outrage at Senate Democrats overwhelmingly voting against the measure.

“This is insane!” Mr. Musk wrote in response to the video showing Mr. Hagerty’s Senate speech, which received tens of millions of views.

“Tonight every single Senate Democrat voted against my amendment that would stop Biden Admin from using taxpayer dollars to charter flights for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from their countries directly to American towns to be resettled. Indefensible,” Senator Hagerty posted earlier that day.

On the show, Mr. Hagerty said that the dead-of-night vote served the purpose of obscuring the truth about what happened from public view.

“The Democrats are being outed,” he said, adding that “Chuck Schumer tried everything he could to block this until the very dead of night.”

The senator went on to say, “We ran right up to basically a government shutdown before he finally capitulated and said, ‘Okay, we’ll put it on the floor.’ But I didn’t get it onto the floor until the middle of the night, perhaps 1:30 in the morning, when the vote went down.

“I think they thought no one would see that every Democrat voted to fly illegal migrants in here from countries like Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, Colombia on taxpayer funds, using charter flights, flying them over our border and putting them into the interior of America.”

The highly controversial program has caused a severe stir with Republican lawmakers. Democrats previously ignored calls by Republicans to abolish the program, which has thus far distributed over 300,000 illegal immigrants across an array of U.S. cities.

In response to host Ms. Perino’s question about how Democrats would justify their position, Mr. Hagerty said he was aghast by the Democrats’ unanimous support of the program’s continuation.

“I was shocked. That was a terrible vote for them to take,” he said.

However, according to Mr. Hagerty, the motive for such a move appears to be even more sinister than the vote itself, referring to a ploy by Democrats aimed at counting illegal immigrants as part of the population in order to bolster their own political influence.

“The motive behind the crime at our border is the ability to count these illegal migrants in the population, so they can hang onto their congressional districts and expand their electoral power,” he told the hosts of the show.

A report by the independent Center for Immigration Studies earlier this month drew attention to the fact that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had facilitated secretive flights carrying thousands of illegal immigrants from foreign airports to over 40 airports in the U.S. during 2023.

The information was obtained after the non-profit organization sued under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

South Carolina Congressman Russell Fry (R-S.C.), who is in charge of the district in which the Chinese Spy balloon was shot down in, recently pointed out that around 300 of the illegal immigrants who entered via the southern border during 2023 alone had been on the terrorist watchlist.

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