In a recent series of social media posts, Tesla CEO Elon Musk slammed the immigration policies of the Biden administration, focusing on the economic impact of illegal immigration and the struggles faced by legal immigrants in obtaining U.S. citizenship. Musk took to X (formerly Twitter) to express his concerns, emphasizing the range of benefits and services available to undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Musk pointed out that illegal immigrants can access bank loans, mortgages, insurance, driver’s licenses, free healthcare (in California and New York), and in-state college tuition, raising questions about the fairness of these privileges. He questioned the purpose of citizenship if undocumented individuals enjoy these benefits without contributing through taxes or fulfilling civic responsibilities like jury duty.
The billionaire entrepreneur, originally from South Africa and a legal immigrant to the United States, clarified his stance, stating that he is not against immigration but is opposed to a massive influx of unvetted individuals. Musk advocated for an increase in legal immigration while expressing frustration over the housing affordability crisis, attributing it in part to the benefits provided to undocumented immigrants.
“If you’re wondering why housing is so expensive, this is a major contributor,” Musk asserted on social media.
In a separate tweet, Musk suggested a potential solution to the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, proposing that an executive order could change asylum policies without the need for new legislation. He argued for proof requirements before granting asylum hearings, highlighting a previous system that operated similarly.
Amid Musk’s critique of immigration policies, his mother, Maye Musk, shared her family’s 12-year struggle in obtaining U.S. citizenship. She detailed the challenges, including visa processes, a green card application, legal assistance, and numerous medical tests. Maye Musk also disclosed the difficulties faced by her other children with Canadian citizenship, hindering them from visiting Elon at college.
Elon Musk responded to his mother’s post, acknowledging the arduous path to U.S. citizenship. Both Musk and his mother have been vocal opponents of Biden’s immigration policies, suggesting that the administration is granting citizenship to illegal immigrants to maintain a political advantage.
The U.S. immigration reforms have become a central issue in the lead-up to the 2024 presidential elections, with critics raising concerns about the surge in migrant numbers during the Biden administration. The ongoing debate underscores the complex challenges and differing perspectives surrounding immigration policies in the United States.
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