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.”
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.
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.”
“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.
Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’
Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance
Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.
Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.
"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.
"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.
"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"
Internet debates ‘the dumbest thing Brian Kilmeade has ever said’
Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade has received a great deal of attention -- and criticism -- during the Trump era.
Kilmeade co-hosts one of the President's favorite shows, "Fox and Friends," with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt on weekday mornings. He also a show on the Fox News Radio network and frequently appears on "The Five."
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship play-by-play sportscaster has also been harshly criticized for the type of comments that make the show a favorite for the president.
Journalist Molly Jong-Fast, who was widely praised her interview of Lisa Page, decided to explore Kilmeade's comments.
Giuliani’s potential witness tampering in Ukraine is impossible to separate from Trump: Judiciary Democrat
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) broke down how Rudy Giuliani's misconduct in Ukraine is "inseparable" from President Donald Trump's.
"To everyone who asks whether we are moving too quickly, I say the president's lawyer is moving quickly to continue to ask a foreign government to cheat our elections, and doing nothing is completely off the table," said Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, the two most crucial committees in the impeachment inquiry. "We have to secure our elections. We have powerful, uncontradicted evidence now. And now is the time to hold the president accountable and determine just which impeachment articles we should proceed with."