Alex Wagner appears in a new “Lean Forward” ad for MSNBC which mocks those who are calling for tighter security on America's southern border (video below).
Wagner, the host of "Now," stands in front of a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border and suggests that border security proponents are racists.
“Around immigration, there is a sense that we need to punish people, when they come here and they don’t know our language,” says Wagner, notes Mediaite.com.
“We’ve got to punish people who came here the wrong way, even if they’ve been contributing to American society for a decade or more.”
“Bigger, meaner, scarier fences, by people suggesting electrified, alligator-filled moats to prevent ‘them’ from coming in. The language that we use to talk about ‘those people 'who want to be here. Those people who want to be here are us.”
Wagner did not mention the southern border of Mexico is where undocumented immigrants from Central America are often treated brutally.
National Geographic reported:
It is at the southern Mexican border where the perils begin—the thugs, the drug runners, the extortionists in official uniforms, the police and migration agents who pack undocumented migrants into detention facilities before forcing them onto buses to be deported.
According to a recent Fox News poll, 73 percent of Americans want tighter border security before addressing immigration reform and ways to streamline the citizenship process.