Elon Musk: Joe Biden is allowing migrants into US to stay in power

Elon Musk has endorsed the call for a border wall, which is a central plank of Donald Trump’s election campaign
Elon Musk has endorsed the call for a border wall, which is a central plank of Donald Trump’s election campaign - Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Joe Biden is allowing illegal migrants to flood into the US to remain in power, Elon Musk said in a bizarre claim as the tech entrepreneur stepped up his attacks on the president over the migration crisis.

Mr Musk’s statement on X, formerly Twitter, the platform he bought almost 10 months ago, has been criticised for giving credence to a conspiracy theory.

“Biden’s strategy is very simple: 1. Get as many illegals in the country as possible. 2. Legalize them to create a permanent majority – a one-party state,” Mr Musk said as he posted a picture of a news story of Biden’s latest border policy.

It is not the first time that Mr Musk, routinely cited as the richest person in the world, has criticised the president on migration.

In recent months he has railed against the issue, visited the border in a live event broadcast on X, and shown his support for Geert Wilders, the radical anti-migration politician in the Netherlands.

Critics have also accused Mr Musk of opening up his social media channel to hard-Right conspiracy theorists since taking over the platform in April 2022.

They argue that Mr Musk’s latest comments showed support for the “great replacement” theory that political elites are deliberately trying to turn the native white population into a minority.

‘Every deportation is a lost vote’

Mr Musk added in his post: “This explains why there are so few deportations, as every deportation is a lost vote.”

He also commented on an assault on police officers allegedly by a group of migrants in New York that has caused political uproar in recent weeks.

Video of one of the perpetrators leaving court with his middle fingers up went viral on Mr Musk’s platform late last week.

He said: “As happened this week, you can literally assault police officers in broad daylight in New York, be released with no bail, give everyone the finger and *still* not be deported!!”

A group tries to cross the Texan border despite heightened security measures amid growing debate on immigration policy in the US
A group tries to cross the Texan border despite heightened security measures amid growing debate on immigration policy in the US - Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu via Getty Images

Last September, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX published a 15-minute video after visiting Eagle Pass on the Texas-Mexico border.

In the video, he endorsed the call for a border wall, which is a central plank of Donald Trump’s election campaign.

Mr Musk, who came to the US in 1992, entered the country as a student, having obtained Canadian nationality from his mother. He became a US citizen seven years later.

“I am extremely pro-immigrant, and I believe that we need a greatly expanded legal immigration system and that we should let anyone in the country who is hardworking and honest and will be a contributor to the United States,” he said in the video.

“We should have expedited legal approval for anyone who falls in that category. But then, by the same token, we should also not be allowing people in the country if they’re breaking the law.”

In February 2023, Mr Musk railed against the number of illegal Chinese immigrants crossing into the US from Mexico.

“I am very much in favour of hard-working people coming to America, but we can’t have de facto open borders with no screening,” he said.

Joe Biden visits the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. Migration is likely to be a big issue in this year’s presidential election
Joe Biden visits the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. Migration is likely to be a big issue in this year’s presidential election - JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Meanwhile, Joe Biden cruised to a comfortable victory in the first official Democratic primary held in South Carolina.

The former president took more than 96 per cent of the vote.

Dean Phillips, the Democratic congressman who has challenged Mr Biden for the nomination, came a humiliating third behind Marianne Williamson, a self-help guru who took 2.1 per cent of the vote. Mr Phillips was supported by only 1.7 per cent.

Mr Trump is set for a comfortable win in the Republican primary, which takes place later this month. The latest poll gives him a 26-point lead over the state’s former governor Nikki Haley, who made an unconventional appeal to younger voters by appearing in satirical programme Saturday Night Live over the weekend.

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