Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and the world’s wealthiest person, visited the US-Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas, to address the ongoing issue of illegal immigration in the United States.
Musk live-streamed his visit on X (formerly Twitter) and took the opportunity to express his views on immigration.
During his visit, Musk reiterated that he is pro-immigrant and called for a significant expansion of the legal immigration system.
He emphasized the importance of welcoming hardworking, honest individuals who can contribute positively to the country.
However, he also stressed the need to enforce immigration laws to prevent illegal entry into the United States.
Musk pointed out that the current scale of illegal migration is putting immense pressure on social services, citing the example of New York City, which he claimed is struggling to cope with the influx of undocumented immigrants.
The billionaire entrepreneur’s visit was prompted by media reports showing hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the Rio Grande River, with some resorting to pushing children under razor-wire fences using sheets of cardboard for protection.
During his live stream, Musk directed his camera towards a large group of people, presumed to be migrants, sitting on the ground while awaiting processing by immigration officials.
Elon Musk Visits US-Mexico Border, Sparks Debate on Immigration Policies
Local congressman Tony Gonzales, a Republican, accompanied Musk during his visit and expressed his appreciation for Musk’s unfiltered depiction of the border situation.
Gonzales emphasized the importance of sharing stories that often go unnoticed, shedding light on border communities’ challenges.
Earlier in the week, Musk voiced support for constructing a border wall, a stance previously earning him support from former President Donald Trump.
Musk argued that a border wall is necessary and called for stricter requirements for asylum-seeking individuals.
The town of Eagle Pass has been grappling with a significant influx of migrants, with as many as 8,000 individuals crossing the border daily, according to official data.
In August, over 232,000 migrants arrived at the US-Mexico border.
While the government’s announcement of deportations for those who did not make appointments with US officials initially led to a drop in migrant numbers, there has been a recent surge in arrivals, with many fleeing Venezuela.
The southern border issue has become a focal point in American politics, with former President Trump and other Republicans making it a central theme in their campaigns for the GOP presidential nomination.
Musk’s involvement in the immigration debate has sparked discussions on his role in addressing such a politically charged issue.
Source: The Telegraph