O’Reilly’s starting point for his remarks is a New York Times opinion piece (posted at the bottom of this blog) praising socialist Bernie Sanders’ immigration plan. Bernie’s most interesting quality is his unembarrassed honesty about the most extreme policies, and with immigration, his belief is if basic Marxist redistribution is good, then global redistribution to the planet’s billions of poor is even better — and immigration is a good place to begin.
Here’s the text of O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo:
The Left’s Secret Immigration Plan, By: Bill O’Reilly, December 1, 2015Here’s the Times’ hosanna to open borders and the project of overwhelming the American nation with foreigners:
In order to win the presidency in 2016 both the Republican and Democratic candidate will have to get a good amount of votes from Hispanic Americans.
On Thanksgiving the New York Times ran an editorial that pretty much laid out what the liberal viewpoint is on people coming to live in America.
Point number one: The left no longer distinguishes between illegal aliens and those who come here legally.
All foreign nationals who enter are now described by the Times and others as immigrants.
And if you use the term illegal alien, you are a bigot.
Point two: The left believes that any fence on the southern border is nativist bigotry that is a hateful action towards non-Americans, especially Hispanics.
Point number three: The left wants open borders, no restrictions on those who come here, no detention, no physical barrier, no deportation proceedings unless a serious crime other than illegal entry is committed.
And if you disagree with that you are a promoting an anti-immigrant police state.
Point four: The left says all immigrants — again illegal and legal — should be welcomed and assimilated.
And not only that, the government should give them money to settle in and they should be immediately eligible for all the entitlements Americans can secure.
Point five: All illegal aliens already here should be put on a pathway to citizenship.
The left wants full amnesty.
And finally point number six: The left wants free lawyers for all immigrants so they can gather up the entitlements and citizenship requirements.
At the end of the editorial in the New York Times, the paper asks is that so radical?
The answer of course is yes, open borders, full amnesty, complete entitlement access is indeed radical and dangerous to public order and safety.
But that is the vision of the Democratic Party.
Not everyone, but you will not hear many Democrats go up against that, as the Kate’s Law debate demonstrated.
Now many believe this is a pure political strategy, that flooding the nation with foreigners — many of whom will get the right to vote — strengthens the Democratic Party.
But there is much more in play.
The radical left immigration vision would profoundly change all of America’s traditions, all of them.
And that’s what the left wants because that ideology sees the American Judeo-Christian tradition as oppressive, exploitative and a white-privilege legacy.
Thus, the uber-left wants traditional America wiped off the face of the earth.
That’s what is truly going on and if Americans don’t wise up quickly, the left-wing vision of immigration may very well become a reality.
And that’s the memo.
Bernie Sanders Gets Immigration Policy Right, By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, November 26, 2015
Senator Bernie Sanders released his immigration plan on Tuesday. To read it — and every citizen should — is to be yanked back in time, to an America that not so long ago was having a reasonable immigration discussion and a time when major reform had strong bipartisan support and a shot at becoming law.
But since the immigration reform bill was killed, in 2013, the party that killed it — the Republicans — has dragged the immigration debate to grotesque depths that go well beyond the usual nativist bigotry. Republican presidential candidates are arguing, in all seriousness, about sealing the border with fantastical 2,000-mile fences and weaponized drones; merging state, local and federal authorities and private prisons into one all-seeing immigration police state; forcibly registering American Muslims; mass-deporting 11 million Mexicans and others in a 21st century Trail of Tears; and turning away thousands of refugees fleeing war and terrorism in the Middle East.
Mr. Sanders, the Vermont senator seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, turns away from the insanity. His plan starts with the right premise: that immigrants should be welcomed and assimilated, not criminalized and exploited. His proposals seek to uphold American values, bolster the rule of law, bolster the economy and protect and honor families.
Recognizing Congress’s chronic inaction on immigration, Mr. Sanders promises to use executive authority well beyond what President Obama has done. He would protect young immigrants and their parents from deportation, and give “broad administrative relief” to young immigrants, to the parents of citizens and legal permanent residents and to others who would have been allowed to stay under the 2013 Senate bill. This affirms the humane and sensible principle behind that legislation — that 11 million unauthorized immigrants should stay and contribute, not be isolated and expelled.
The Sanders plan tackles an ugly truth — that racial profiling and the nation’s vast deportation and detention machinery have made suspected criminals of millions of people who don’t fit the definition. His promise to “decouple” federal immigration enforcement from local policing would be a sharp break from dragnet policies that expanded under President Obama. Mr. Sanders rightly defends “sanctuary city” policies that protect public safety by building trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement.
Mr. Sanders’s promise to increase immigrants’ access to the justice system, with more funding for courts and lawyers, stands in sharp contrast to the Republican view of unauthorized immigrants as a shadow society of criminals who haven’t been deported yet. Mr. Sanders instead sees them as parents, breadwinners, taxpayers, bulwarks of the economy and of the communities they live in, aspiring Americans trapped by unjust laws and oppressive policing.
Is that so radical? It may sound that way, in today’s climate. But it is a vision that lawmakers of both parties once embraced without question. Ronald Reagan and both Presidents Bush spoke movingly of immigrants as assets to the country to be welcomed through assimilation and citizenship.
Mr. Sanders has done more than most of the other candidates to seed the campaign with good ideas. But he is still trailing Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose own immigration agenda delivers a similar list of worthy proposals, but with fewer specifics and less breadth than that of Mr. Sanders. We hope she is inspired to match his boldness.
In this bizarre campaign season, Republican candidates are playing reality-TV versions of themselves, filling the air with lies and irrational promises, while the Democrats — Mr. Sanders especially — are depicted by TV comics as cranks and loons. Mr. Sanders’s immigration plan is a powerful counterpoint to that stereotype. It is reality-based, moderate, practical and hopeful.