It’s not an anti-immigration issue, it’s an
anti-illegal immigration issue.
I think he should double down on this.
I think the people are tired of this.
I think it’s gone beyond an illegal immigration
issue, my brother, I think what you have now
is a feeling of almost xenophobic feeling
that all immigrants are bad unless they come
with hefty checkbooks.
Who said that?
We didn’t say that, you said that.
I heard the Cuccinelli, Ken Cuccinelli, saying
that now send us your tired, your poor, your
huddled masses with your 401K —
That’s not legislation–
But I mean you can’t have such harshness.
Why are we being so hard?
What’s hard about
In a nation of immigrants why are we being
See my wife’s a very smart person–
Isn’t your wife an immigrant?
She’s an immigrant but she just followed the
rules, it’s not complicated, it may be laborious
it may cost money but we have rule Geraldo.
There’s nothing xenophobic about asking people
to come here the legal way, I think that’s
a made-up talking point.
I think that the problem now is that legal/illegals
are getting mushed together and now there’s
But not by Trump, by you.
No, when the president’s minions go out
and say we want these people to be able to
take care of themselves, what he does is,
my dad Cruz Rivera, came from Puerto Rico
1940, he’s a citizen because Puerto Rico is
an American colony, he comes as a citizen
he’s penniless, he knows nobody.
By the time he was finished he had a suburban
home and college educated children, that’s
the American dream.
Nobody’s suggesting your dad’s the problem
No, my dad is the solution, my dad is the
See you’re conflating the two.
Trump’s point is that people who come here
illegally in violation of the law are the
issue, not people who come here legally.
Why this harshness, why?
I just think, that if you make immigration
us and them as the Presidents tone in New
Hampshire yesterday seemed to indicate.
The good Americans and the bad others are
going to come from other places and they come
overwhelm us, and we use military analogies
and invasion and so forth, when you do that,
you really dim, I think, the mystique of America
that makes us great, I don’t like it.
Now Geraldo, he did say, if you are seeking
asylum and you’re in danger then, yes, we
will let you in even if you don’t have– even
if we have to put you on welfare.
We’ll take care of you.
I hate scapegoating, I think what you have
now is immigrants being scapegoated.
No, I entirely disagree, Geraldo.
We have taken in millions of people.
We are the most compassionate country on earth.
Facts and data have to matter, you can’t just
say compassion and act like that’s a legislative
solution to our problem.
It doesn’t mean anything outside of facts
The president’s legacy will be forever marred
by the fact that children were taken from
This is Fox News’ Dan Bongino carrying water
for Trump amid his LEAST popular policy, which,
mind you, is no small feat in this administration.
And he does so with so little humanity and
compassion that even his co-host, Geraldo
Rivera, has to push back.
And right off the bat, Bongino claims that
this has nothing to do with legal immigrants,
that he’s talking solely about illegal immigrants.
But he’s being purposefully deceptive, because
this administration has in many cases made
it impossible to emigrate legally.
They’ve used tactics like metering, which
limits the number of asylum seekers who are
allowed to make claims each day.
They’ve enacted a “remain in Mexico”
policy, forcing asylum seekers to stay in
the same type of dangerous areas that they
might have been escaping in the first place.
They’ve implemented zero tolerance measures
like child separation as an intimidation tactic
to curb ALL immigration.
And that’s not even counting Trump’s rhetoric,
in which he decidedly does NOT make the nuanced
distinction between legal immigrants and illegal
immigrants while fear mongering about caravans,
while calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists,
while tweeting about infestations.
Trump has purposefully sought to blur those
lines and obfuscate that distinction, making
it easy for his mouthpieces to always claim
that, “of course we’re referring to undocumented
immigrants” when, in reality, the implication
is that Trump is referencing ALL immigrants.
Bongino goes on to invoke the Statue of Liberty
And he’s taking his cues from Trump’s
acting Citizenship and Immigration Services
Director Ken Cuccinelli, who landed himself
in hot water only days ago for saying this–
Would you also agree that Emma Lazerus’
words etched on the Statue of Liberty give
me your tired, your poor are also part of
the American ethos?
They certainly are.
Give me your tired and your poor who can stand
on their own two feet.
And who will not become a public charge.
And even in the aftermath of an absolute deluge
of bad press following this statement about
the sonnet, Bongino goes right on to defend
it, claiming that it’s just a poem and holds
As if the fact that those words have been
THE bedrock principle defining the United
States for more than a century aren’t enough
for the guy.
But my absolute favorite part is how Bongino,
and Republicans in general, become such staunch
defenders of the rules.
These guys turn into straight police officers
when they’re fear mongering about immigration,
but not a word about the fact that Trump obstructed
justice on 10 separate occasions.
Not a word about the fact that his campaign
coordinated with Russians who sought to help
Trump win the election.
Not a word about emoluments clause violations,
about the White House refusing to comply with
subpoenas, about Ivanka Trump using her private
email to conduct government business.
And look, we could go on and on, but what’s
blatantly obvious here is that Bongino and
these Fox hosts aren’t acting in good faith.
Their grandstanding about their devotion to
the rule of law is nothing more than a thin
veneer to cover up for Trump’s racist policies.
So they can clutch their pearls and condemn
all the brown people who they say break the
law, but if they were truly interested in
lawfulness, they’d point their attention
to the white guy in the Oval Office first.