Fox’s Steve Doocy battles Geraldo over whether undocumented New Yorkers can vote
Friday morning on Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy and Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera got into a heated discussion about the status of undocumented immigrants in the city of New York, ThinkProgress reports.
“When Bill De Blasio ran for mayor,” Doocy said, “one of the things he promised was that there’d be a so-called ‘New York City Municipal ID,’ and you can use it to vote in local and state elections, and it’s predominantly for illegals — and there are half a million of them here in New York City.”
“I prefer the term ‘undocumented,'” Rivera interjected.
“OK, it’s for undocumented people who are illegally in the country,” Doocy responded.
“Steve,” co-host Brian Kilmeade said, “I prefer illegal,” at which point everyone on the couch, including Rivera, laughed.
Then Rivera turned serious, saying, “but Steve, you can’t use it to vote.”
Doocy replied, “yes, you can — in local and state elections, but not federal.”
Doocy’s concerns are unfounded, as according to New York state law, an individual must “be a citizen of the United State” to vote in a New York local or state election.
When Rivera contended that the municipal IDs could only be used “for stuff like going to the zoo, or getting a library card,” Doocy exclaimed, “that’s the new — the new part! Now there’s an incentive to get more people to sign up!”
“But don’t you think it’s just a transition?” co-host Elizabeth Hasselback chimed in.
“No, I don’t — but that’s a different issue,” Rivera replied. “Let me just put this in perspective — we are, by far, the largest city in the country, 8.4 million people. We have, by far, the largest population of undocumented immigrants, almost 500,000. Proportionally, that’s the entire population of Atlanta, or Tuscon, or Las Vegas.”
“How can we have a half million people in this city and not know who they are?” he continued. ““Just taking inventory would make an ID an appropriate and prudent method for government.”
Watch the entire exchange from the September 19, 2014 episode of Fox & Friends via YouTube below.