Billionaire and owner of X Elon Musk visited the Texas-Mexico border on Friday to understand the migrant situation and said he is pro-immigrant and said the US needs an expedited system. Musk said while being welcoming to hardworking immigrants, entry should be barred for those breaking the law.
Musk posted a video on his X account from the Eagle Pass border. He met with local politicians and law enforcement and said he went there to get an “unfiltered” view of the situation.
Reuters reported that the sharp increase in migrant population at border, especially around San Diego, California, and the Texas border towns of El Paso and Eagle Pass, follows an earlier lull in unauthorized border crossings, following a new asylum policy imposed by the US administration to discourage such activity.
Musk said a two-pronged approach was needed to overhaul US immigration laws and he was a “pro-immigrant.” Musk said "expedited legal approval" which welcomes "hard-working and honest" migrants, while it also bars entry for those who breaking the law.
"We want to do both things - smooth out legal immigration and stop a flow of people that is of such magnitude that were leading to a collapse of social services," Reuters reported quoting Musk.
In the video, Musk is seen introducing Republican Representative Tony Gonzales who reportedly said immigrants really feel abandoned.
Musk has more than a small interest in the Texas economy. Tesla's Gigafactory Texas plant is located in Austin and Space X operates a major testing and launch facility on Texas Gulf Coast in Boca Chica near Brownsville, Reuters reported.