On Wednesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” conservative talker Laura Ingraham made a bold call on how to confront problem of immigration in the United States, in particular regarding the flow of illegal aliens through the U.S. southern border.
Ingraham laid out her plan to host Bill O’Reilly, which included mass deportations, cutting off of foreign aid to offending nations and the end of the “anchor baby” phenomenon which some say has been caused by birthright citizenship.
Partial transcript as follows:
INGRAHAM: OK. First thing you do is start deporting people not by the hundreds, not by the dozens — by the thousands. And that means entire families. Not just a father, a mother. But we keep families unified by deporting all people who are here illegally number one.
O’REILLY: Wait, logistically who gets deported? Do you go door to door? Do you search them out?
INGRAHAM: Wherever we find people who are not supposed to be in this country legally, those people have to go back to their home country. But families should be sent together.
O’REILLY: Do you have an active federal police force seeking them out?
INGRAHAM: The way if used to work, Bill, and the way Eisenhower did it is federal, state and local, they worked all together. They didn’t demonize each other. They didn’t oppose one another. They all work together for the common good much the country. I think it can happen again. It will be really positive. We are not picking and choosing. Where we find illegal aliens they have to go home. Keep families together that’s number one.
O’REILLY: Mass deportations, that’s number one. What’s number two?
INGRAHAM: Thousands not hundreds. Number two, we have to stop visas and stop foreign aid to country who is will not repatriate the citizens of those countries that left and came to our country illegally.
We’re saying this of Guatemala, Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, some of these South American countries. If they don’t agree to repatriate their citizens back home and stop sending signals implicitly, explicitly that people should come here, then they get no more foreign aid. We stop all visas from those countries from coming in. This is a crisis, and we have to deal with it in a serious way.
Number three, there has to be an end to this thing called birthright citizenship. Some people call it anchor babies. It’s not required by our Constitution. It does not require a constitutional amendment. Harry Reid was for this about 15, 16 years ago. He went on the Senate floor proclaimed that we should end birthright citizenship. So that should go. We also should have severe penalties in place that are enforced, Bill, against employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants who undercut the American worker and the legal immigrants who want to earn a decent wage. Severe civil penalties. If they have to be criminal penalties for successive violations, we have to do that.
I think [Charles] Krauthammer is right. We need a wall and/or a fence in the places along the border that is practical. We have to absolutely have that in place.
I think no welfare for households that house illegal aliens. That’s a big magnet — food stamps, disability, obviously the concern about ObamaCare. That’s critical. We also have to make sure that bank accounts, housing, people who can rent houses, if you’re in the country illegally, why are you allowed to enter into a rental agreement to live in this country? That should not be allowed.
There are a lot of common sense steps that we can take that take the magnet away. We enforce the border with the national guard. We work with border states at a federal level. We don’t time lawsuits against border states when they actually want to enforce the border. I think those are some common sense steps.
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