Last week, Bill O’Reilly called for Americans to boycott Mexico for purportedly helping people cross into the United States illegally.
Tonight in his Talking Points Memo, the Factor host reiterated his stance and called out Mexico for violating the human rights of children.
“The American people should demand, demand that Mexico stop hurting the United States. And the way we do that is to not buy their stuff, to not travel there. That is the power we have and it is time to use it," he said.
Estimates are that more than 300,000 children will cross the border illegally this fiscal year. O’Reilly said the primary culprit is Mexico for allowing smugglers to abuse children.
In a New York Times article, Julia Preston reported that smugglers associated with Mexican cartels are charging up to $7,500 to bring Central American minors across the border. In May, 9,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended by U.S. authorities trying to cross over. Some of the children were raped, beaten and even killed.
“The Mexican authorities looked the other way,” O’Reilly said. “Why? Because the cartels bribe Mexican officials all the way up to the power brokers in Mexico City.”
He charged that America’s “awful” immigration laws actually encourage the exploitation of children.
“Because of this tremendous abuse of innocent children, I have called for a boycott of Mexico. I am asking Americans not to travel there or buy their products,” O’Reilly said to viewers.
This week, the Veterans of Foreign Wars joined O’Reilly’s stance by urging a boycott because Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi remains locked in a Mexican prison.
“Sgt. Tahmooressi is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and surely the Mexican president could grant him clemency,” O’Reilly said. “For some reason, Mr. Obama has not involved himself here. So we, the people, must take action.”
Fox News contributor James Carville and ‘The Five’ co-host Andrea Tantaros joined The Factor to react to O’Reilly’s boycott. Watch the debate below and O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo above.