O’Reilly: If GOP Doesn’t Compromise on Immigration, ‘Say Hello to President Hillary Clinton’ in 2016
Bill O’Reilly weighed in on immigration reform in tonight’s Talking Points Memo, arguing that a hard-line stance by the GOP will help Democrats.
Over the weekend, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is mulling a presidential run, said that people who come to the U.S. illegally do it as “an act of love.” House Speaker John Boehner then commented on those remarks on The Kelly File, saying that he understood what Bush was saying, but that “we’re also a nation of laws, and for those who are here without documents, they’re gonna have to face the law at some point.”
O’Reilly said that Bush is right – some illegal immigrants come here out of desperation to feed their families, so compassion must be in play. O'Reilly said some illegals, however, are bad and should be thrown out of the country.
“The Republican Party must compromise on the immigration issue or it will lose the presidency again in 2016,” O’Reilly said. He noted that Mitt Romney only got 27 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012.
“If that happens again, you can say hello to President Hillary Clinton,” he said.
O’Reilly said that Bush and other moderate Republicans recognize that Latinos must be courted to some extent.
“But it’s not all political,” he said. “The USA should be a nation that understands oppression… This country has always welcomed good people from other countries, but it must be done in a lawful way.”
O’Reilly outlined a “sane immigration plan” that calls for all of the country’s illegal immigrants to register with the federal government within six months or be detained. He said borders must be upgraded so that illegal entry becomes extremely difficult, and illegal aliens must pay a fine and apply for citizenship without preferential status.
O’Reilly said those illegal immigrants must learn English, pay taxes, and do without welfare, but would be given the right to work. And once reform is put in place, O’Reilly said that no illegal immigrants should ever again be put on a path to citizenship.
If the GOP gets behind that, O’Reilly said that the party will be able to compete in 2016.
Watch his Talking Points Memo and Karl Rove’s response in the video above.
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