Friday on The O’Reilly Factor, Monica Novoa, a campaign coordinator for ‘Drop the I-Word,’ spoke out on the program’s new initiative to make the term ‘illegal alien’ morally on par with racial slurs, and her conversation with Bill O’Reilly quickly became heated.

O’Reilly argued that Novoa’s cause is misguided because it is, in fact, a federal crime to enter the U.S. illegally. “I’m not committing a hate crime by saying illegal aliens are just that.” he said.

When Novoa said that in the past laws have been changed in order to make for a more humane society, O’Reilly said, “Then work to change them. Don’t demonize people who are accurate in the description as using a slur or using a hate word because that’s not true.”

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When Novoa was asked about whether she believes the U.S. should have open borders, she said, “I think that what we should be doing right now is looking at the reality and the reality is that people are here, and people are parts of families.” O’Reilly quickly interjected claiming that Novoa dodged the question and was filibustering, “two things we don’t allow on this program.”

When Novoa was stumped by O’Reilly’s line of questioning, O’Reilly charged, “You come in here with a very hot campaign, run by a far-left website demonizing people like me who are accurately telling the people what is happening and you don’t even know what you want.”

When Novoa fought back, saying, “The I-word is racist,” O’Reilly said, “I’m not a racist, I’m just reporting what’s happening. People are coming here, and they’re not just Latino, they are Asian, they’re Russian, they’re everyone, and they are coming here illegally, therefore they are illegal aliens. I’m not a racist, I’m not trying to hurt anybody, I’m trying to tell the people the truth.”

Take a look at the debate on The O’Reilly Factor:

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