The night before President Barack Obama announced that he would grant immunity to younger undocumented immigrants, “The Five” co-host (and former host of Fox Business Network’s ‘Follow The Money’) Eric Bolling took to the airwaves to suggest that federal officials should conduct a mass deportation campaign, all in the name of putting young Americans to work.
During a discussion about youth unemployment Thursday night on the show, Bolling stayed mostly off to the side, saying simply that small businesses are having trouble hiring people.
But he just couldn’t resist recommending a final solution to the immigrant question for very long.
“How about this? I’ll do it. I’ll broach the subject,” he finally said. “If you deport all the 12 or 15 million illegals back to where they came from, then there would be demand for the, for what we’re talking about.”
Of course, what he’s talking about — a police campaign of mass deportations roaming from community to community, home to home — is logistically and financially impossible, but it has long been a wish of some on America’s political right.
The president’s plan, announced less than 12 hours after Bolling’s statement, grants immunity to young undocumented immigrants between ages 16-30 who’ve been in the country for five continuous years and have earned a high school diploma or GED. It will also let them apply for 2-year work permits that can be repeatedly renewed.
Despite Obama’s announcement on Friday, his administration has roughly doubled the rate of deportations compared to the Bush administration — a fact that’s drawn sharp criticism from Latino communities. He’s explained that immigration agents have focused on criminals and other potential threats to public safety, and that the new rules are meant to better prioritize enforcement targets.
This video was broadcast by Fox News on Thursday, June 14, 2012, as snipped by liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America.