Tucker Carlson is a California native, so he has a base line on which to judge the state. His recent visit produced a video of homeless tents set up on LA sidewalks that included a sense of alarm.
The pictures are reflected in a report published earlier this month finding that L.A.’s homelessness is the second worst in the nation, with New York scoring the number one spot.
I reported two years ago about the increasing Hispanic homelessness as noted in the Los Angeles Times. So importing millions of unskilled unemployable foreigners has added to the homeless problem as well.
Tucker alluded to excessive immigration in his observations on Los Angeles homelessness.
TUCKER CARLSON: The footage on your screen, the picture you’re looking at right there was shot by one of our producers last week. We were out in California all week in Los Angeles, supposedly one of the richest cities in the world, and in some ways it is.
But the video you are watching shows something else — Californian’s poor, meandering trash-filled streets, right in the middle of the city, right in downtown. Block after block, homeless encampments along the sidewalks and blanketing downtown L.A.
The footage you are watching starts at Fifth Street and San Pedro and goes west — again, block after block, tent after tent. This is how the poor spend Easter Sunday in California. They weren’t clustered on one side of a single road either, it wasn’t just like skid row: it was like many skid rows. He drove down three completely different blocks and the camps just continued. It was like Tegucigalpa or Port-au-Prince but it’s not; it’s America’s second-largest city.
The encampments begin just two blocks away from Little Tokyo, one of L.A.’s major tourist destinations. Nearby apartments rent for 3500 bucks a month.
You might be wondering, with so many people priced out of local housing, few people are literally living in RVs, miles of RVs parked along the street that you are watching here. They are in tents. Why wouldn’t local leaders want to slow or stop the flow of new arrivals to get prices under control, to open up new housing?
They are doing the opposite. L.A. is a sanctuary city in a sanctuary state. Every politician there with any ambition will denounce our border as an atrocity and immigration enforcement as an abomination. The poor in California are an afterthought, one of the reasons why they are multiplying. That’s why when California Governor Gavin Newsom tried to fight poverty last week, he flew to another country to do it, El Salvador. The same people who want no limits on people moving here can’t even house the people who already live here. It tells you a lot.