July 01, 2017
As Tucker Carlson's Fox News show aired Thursday night, a post from his Twitter account asked why America would benefit from "having tons of people from failing countries come here?"
Enter Alejandro Bedoya, a midfielder for the Philadelphia Union who took a shot in response and buried it.
"Because immigrants, like my parents, come/came here and have successful careers and pay taxes. Immigrants built this country!" Bedoya replied with a tweet on Friday.
Because immigrants, like my parents, come/came here and have successful careers and pay taxes. Immigrants built this country! https://t.co/cD8Vym5hbr— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) June 30, 2017
Bedoya, 30, was born to Colombian parents in Englewood, New Jersey. His soccer bloodlines run deep – both his father and grandfather played professionally in Colombia – and he has 61 caps on his resume for the United States Men's National Team, including three starts in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
By the way, Bedoya wasn't the only irritated Twitter user to hit back at the "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host.
Are you new here? What a ridiculously naive and un-American question. You just described most of our country.— John Aravosis (@aravosis) June 30, 2017
Where's your family originally from Tucker?— Shannon Stirone (@shannonmstirone) June 30, 2017
What do we benefit from having you here?— Christopher Sebela (@xtop) June 30, 2017
Study after study reveals the huge benefits immigrants bring to our country.— Erin Conroy (@chargrille) June 30, 2017
What kind of proof does Tucker have he & fans contribute value
In fairness, Tucker Carlson is not a benefit to any country.— Dr. Funkenstein, PhD (@PoliSciFiBlog) June 30, 2017
My grandmother came here with 3rd grade education & worked in sweat shop. Grandkids are: lawyer, chef, psychologist, businessperson.— Brenda (@BrendaOf6) July 1, 2017
Sickens me, my dad was a refugee, later became head of ortho surgery at Col/Presbyterian, two sons served our country for a combined 50yrs +— Luis Moreno (@LuisMorenolg) July 1, 2017
I led a platoon in combat in Iraq. Here are some names of my Soldiers— Aaron Harris (@aaharr) July 1, 2017
My father & his brothers, immigrants, served US in WWII. My grandfather, an immigrant served in WWI & II. Retired as a US Army Colonel. You?— James Green (@JamesGreen105) July 1, 2017