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|Guests: Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams |
"There are many things in play after President Obama announced a quasi-legalization of perhaps 800,000 illegal aliens. The government will no longer deport illegal aliens who were brought here when they were 16 or younger. Those folks must not be more than 30 years old now and must have a clean record with a high school diploma or military service. The President says it's the fair thing to do, and Talking Points does not disagree with the theory. However, the policy may very well be illegal - it is up to Congress to make federal law, not the President. So we can expect court challenges to President Obama's pronouncement, and charges that he has once again overstepped his authority. On the political front, Mitt Romney believes the President's move was dictated by vote pandering. And then there is the racist angle - whenever the right goes after President Obama, some on the left cry racism. Summing up, Talking Points believes that illegal aliens who were dragged to the USA by their parents should be given special status by Congress. But because he bypassed Congress, what the President did is flat-out unconstitutional. No spin!"
The Factor invited reaction from Fox News analysts Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham. "This is not at all illegal," Williams proclaimed. "This is a memorandum telling Homeland Security to exercise discretion when enforcing laws regarding deportation. President Obama thinks deportation is onerous and puts pressure on law enforcement." Ham accused the President of overstepping his presidential authority. "A couple of months ago he was saying he doesn't have the power to do this, but suddenly he does. Barack Obama had a rare super-majority in Congress and he completely ignored immigration reform." The Factor contended that President Obama is actually violating his oath of office: "The President took an oath to uphold the laws of the United States, but he is saying he doesn't like this law and he's going to exempt 800,000 people from it."
|Guests: Karl Rove |
Former Bush advisor Karl Rove entered the No Spin Zone with his take on the immigration flap. "A year ago President Obama said he doesn't have the authority to do this," Rove said, "and the authority still does not exist for him to say we will selectively apply the laws of the United States." Nevertheless, Rove expressed admiration for the President's political maneuvering. "This is a smart political move. President Obama has never drafted or introduced any comprehensive immigration reform and people in the Latino community were understanding how little he had done on this issue. There was concern in the Democratic camp that Latino turnout would be less and that Romney would get a larger portion of their vote than McCain did."
|Guests: Jose Antonio Vargas |
The Factor asked writer Jose Antonio Vargas, himself an illegal immigrant born in the Philippines, how the United States should deal with productive illegals. "What we should be doing now," Vargas said, "is allowing people to come forward. I would love a process to become an American citizen. I came here when I was 12 because my mother wanted to give me a better life. But I agree that we need smart enforcement, a country needs to enforce its borders." The Factor praised Vargas' industriousness, but reminded him that most illegal immigrants came here under far different circumstances: "If you're 32 and you sneak across the border or overstay your visa, you shouldn't become an American citizen."
|Guests: Monica Crowley|
Fox News analyst Monica Crowley argues in her new book that conservatives and Republicans are primed to take over the levers of power. "I tried in this book to create a new template for Americans," Crowley told The Factor. "Not just for conservatives, but for every American so we can get our attitude changed. Enough with this depression and despair, it's time to get our groove back." Crowley conceded that her book is largely an anti-Obama tome. "Every day under this administration," she said, "we have been hit with some new piece of leftist madness, from the small stuff to the big stuff. President Obama wants to change the United States into a socialist idea, and I have 300 pages of evidence. This is all about taking down the traditional pillars of the U.S. economy and remaking it into a redistributionist model. He wants to redistribute everything great about America as a way to dilute our exceptionalism."
|Guests: Bernie Goldberg |
Former ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson has claimed that many of President Obama's detractors are motivated primarily by racism. The Factor asked Fox News media analyst Bernie Goldberg to assess that accusation. "We've heard this approximately 22-million times from liberals inside and outside the media," Goldberg groused. "It comes from liberals like Sam Donaldson looking at things through a racial prism because it makes them feel better about themselves. But if Sam is listening tonight, I'd ask him this: Do you really think that those people you call right-wing bigots and racists would be racist toward a conservative black man who was President of the United States? I think they would love him, so it's clearly President Obama's liberal politics that these conservatives don't like." The Factor also slammed Donaldson's unproven accusation: "This is unseemly because Donaldson can't back it up. It's cheap and that's what angers me about it."
|A new study claims to have identified differences in consumer preferences between Republicans and Democrats. The Factor's Check: "The most desired car for Republicans is a BMW, while Democrats want a Jeep. Republicans like the History Channel; Democrats go for Animal Planet. Republicans head for Dunkin' Donuts for coffee, while Democrats like Starbucks. So there you have it ... whatever it is." The Factor, a tall and lanky right-hander, also offered a Check on throwing out the first pitch at a New York Mets game Friday night. "My pitch was a little high, but at least I didn't bounce it like Dennis Miller. My son asked if we can do that every game."|
|Peggy McClain, Williamsport, PA: "Bill, although I agree that the office of the presidency has to be respected, Barack Obama must respect it also. He is misusing his office."|
Conchita Stoehr, Chino Hills, CA: "I am angry about the president's new plan. I have been waiting for 18 years for my children and their families to join me here in America. The INS tells me I have to wait longer."
David Gonzalez, Rancho Cordova, CA: "O'Reilly, you called Obama's pandering for votes 'compassionate.' Now many unemployed Americans will have to compete with these illegals for jobs."
Ron Pateras, Skokie, IL: "The Texas father who killed the man who molested his four year old daughter is a hero. It's just too bad he didn't catch Sandusky, too."
|Monday's Pinhead: The clownish golf fan who ran in front of the camera as U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson was being interviewed after the tournament.|