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Bill O’Reilly spars with immigrant journalist: ‘You don’t have an entitlement to be here’

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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told undocumented immigrant journalist Jose Antonio Vargas on Thursday that, while he sympathized with his situation, he opposed President Barack Obama’s announcement of an executive order that might directly benefit him.

“It is a compassionate move, but it may not be a just move, because you and the other people here illegally don’t deserve to be here,” O’Reilly said. “That’s harsh, it’s hard, but you don’t have an entitlement to be here. Not through any fault of your own, but you don’t.”

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O’Reilly argued that Obama acted prematurely, because the new Republican-controlled Congress would be able to pass its own legislation within seven or eight months. He did not mention that House GOP members have stalled a bipartisan bill that passed in the Senate last year. O’Reilly also told Vargas, who has brought to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 12, that he could have gotten a “waiver” to deal with his citizenship issues.

Vargas, who was brought to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 12, said that Obama’s actions would immediately become politicized, obscuring what he called historic recognition for a number of communities around the country.

“More than half of undocumented people in this country have been here for 10 years or longer,” he told O’Reilly. “This has been our home, this is where we go to school, this has been where we work, this is where we go to church. This is what we call to be our own communities.”

Obama’s order is expected to allow 4.7 million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation and apply for jobs legally provided they have lived in the U.S. for at least five years.

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Vargas told O’Reilly that the move could allow him to obtain a work permit and a driver’s license, and teared up when he mentioned that it opens up a chance for him to visit his mother in the Philippines without fear of not being allowed to return to the U.S.

“This is my home,” Vargas said. “I’m not leaving.”

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“I hope you can see your mother,” O’Reilly responded. “I really hope you can see your mom.”

Watch the discussion, as posted online on Thursday, below.

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‘I’m the one who calls the shots’: Trump rails against Fox News for giving him ‘his worst polls’

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President Donald Trump explained why Fox News has drawn his ire and that they need to realize he's the one in control of them.

In a conversation on the tarmac in Morristown, New Jersey on his way back to Washington, Trump said that Fox News has not been good to him lately.

"Fox is a lot different than it used to be, I can tell you that," Trump said.

In an earlier Twitter rant, the president went off on Juan Williams for being "nasty and wrong."

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Trump explains why he wants to buy Greenland to reporters: ‘It’s a large real estate deal — a lot can be done’

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President Donald Trump reaffirmed his desire to buy Greenland in discussion with reporters Sunday.

The president was returning to Washington, D.C. when he stopped at the airport in Morristown, New Jersey. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman asked the president about his desire to buy the country from Denmark.

"Greenland, I don't know. It got released somehow," Trump said of the news about his desire to buy the country. "It's something we talked about. Denmark essentially owns it. We're very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up, and I said, strategically, it's interesting. And we'd be interested. We'll talk to them a little bit. It's not number one on the burner; I can tell you that."

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Given the opportunity to discuss two profiles on White House adviser Stephen Miller -- published by the Washington Post and the New York Times late Saturday -- Democratic consultant Don Calloway jumped in with both feet to trash the man he called a "mental midget"."

Asked p on MSNBC about the controversial Miller's outsized influence on Donald Trump, Calloway didn't hold back.

"What goes through your head when you hear how much influence Stephen Miller has on immigration policy?" host Alex Witt asked.

"Stephen Miller is a mental midget, that's the best thing I can say," Calloway began to the sounds of laughter offscreen.

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