Hazleton 'Transformed Forever': Tucker, GOP Rep Talk Mass Demographic Changes via Liberal Immigration Policies
Tucker Carlson discussed the massive demographic changes over the last decade in select cities in America, including Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
Carlson said Hazleton - located on the cusp of the Pocono Mountains between Allentown and Wilkes-Barre - was less than two percent Hispanic in 2000 but is now majority Hispanic.
He added that more than half of the one-time coal mining center speaks a language other than English at home.
He said a recent report in National Geographic showed many people in Hazleton and other towns like Storm Lake, Iowa, and Hamtramck, Mich. "don't recognize their hometown."
Carlson said people that point this fact out are often misunderstood and accused of racism, or as one television pundit characterized his previous reports: "an extraordinary screed against diversity."
"This is how you bully people into being quiet while you permanently change your country," he said, calling such communities "transformed forever."
Carlson spoke to former Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta (R), now a U.S. Congressman running for Senate against incumbent Democrat Bob Casey Jr.
Barletta, who served as mayor as the changes began to occur, noted that the "English as a Second Language" funding in the Hazleton school district was $500 in 2000 and $1.5 million only a few years later.
"Our population grew by 50 percent but our tax revenue stayed the same," Barletta said, noting it was a sign of a burgeoning illegal immigration problem.
Barletta has said in the past that illegal immigration was an issue that came to him, as opposed to vice versa.
He endorsed Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign and spoke to at least two Trump campaign rallies, in Hershey and in Wilkes-Barre.
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