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Fox Host Says Migrant Doesn’t Need Asylum Because He’s Dressed So Well and Wearing ‘Skinny Jeans’

Gross, you guys.

It’s a tale as old as time. Conservatives think that people who are “undeserving” should dress the part. If you have a cell phone or a television, you can’t possibly be poor enough to get food stamps. If you come to the country illegally in order to provide for your family, you should look “like an undocumented immigrant.”

I’m not sure what Fox host Jesse Watters thinks an undocumented immigrant looks like, but it’s apparently not someone who wears Nike shoes and skinny jeans.

Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made the most Republican move of the year so far: He performatively shipped undocumented immigrants to Washington, DC. He said,

We are sending them to the United States Capitol where the Biden administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border.

It’s less than a step away from saying “Why don’t you let a homeless family set up a tent in your yard?”

On Fox’s The Five, Jesse Watters and Jeanine Pirro traded barbs about the immigrants that Abbott bussed to DC starting on Wednesday.

You know what the first thing they did when they got to D.C.? They registered as lobbyists. First thing they did. And they’re at Cafe Milano right now trying to twist Manchin’s arm on Build Back Better.

And they dress so nicely. Athleisure, one guy had on matching Nike head to toe. The kicks were clean. If you’re fleeing a war-torn country seeking asylum and you think you’re gonna die, and you show up looking that good, nobody’s going to buy that,

Pirro responded, “No, as soon as they get here we dress them.”

Watters was incredulous, asking “We put these clothes on those people?” It was all tongue-in-cheek, of course, but absolutely underscored what conservatives think about what immigrants should look like:

Come on! Americans don’t dress this well. Look at that guy’s shirt. Look at the guy’s skinny jeans. You can’t show up to America claiming you’re fearing for your life dressed that well. It’s not gonna fly.

God forbid you show up at a women’s shelter wearing lipstick.


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