Young Turks host Cenk Uygur found himself siding with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Thursday, if only because they shared an aversion to radio host Laura Ingraham’s idea of deporting all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the U.S.
“The bottom line is, Americans are not as cold-hearted as you, Laura Ingraham,” Uygur said. “Laura, you’ve got to get that through your thick skull, but you’re never going to. You think everybody’s as mean and evil as you are, because that’s how you grew up and you think, ‘That’s my perspective, so isn’t everybody as mean and evil as I am? Don’t they hate people as much as I do?’ And the answer is no.”
Uygur played footage of Ingraham’s Wednesday night “catfight” with O’Reilly, during which Ingraham laid out her vision of denying immigrants access to social service programs and housing.
The O’Reilly Factor host disagreed with her idea, calling it a “draconian” plan that would effectively doom the Republican Party. But O’Reilly’s own idea for dealing with the recent immigrant upswing — trade sanctions against Mexico — has also been criticized.
“I love that O’Reilly’s not pretending to care about the actual policy,” Uygur noted. “He’s like, ‘I’m just gonna keep it real: we’re done if we have it your way, so let’s keep pretending that we’re in favor of people that we’re obviously not in favor of.'”
Uygur explained that the resistance by the likes of O’Reilly and Karl Rove to support plans like Ingraham’s is fueled by not only fear of losing voters — both Latino and in the general electorate — but of losing backing from business interests that hire immigrant workers.
“If you want to end the problem, you could end it by going after the employers,” Uygur said. “But we’re never gonna go after the employers because the employers run this country.”
Businesses have gotten so frustrated with the country’s current immigration system, he continued, that the Chamber of Commerce has lent public support to last year’s Senate bill containing a 14-year long citizenship process, which Uygur said was twice as long as an indentured servitude contract.
“The Chamber of Commerce was like, ‘Come on, I want the cheap labor, I want it guaranteed for 14 years, let’s get this thing done already,'” he said. “But people like Laura Ingraham [say] ‘No, Karl Rove is wrong.'”
Watch Uygur’s commentary, as posted online on Thursday, below.