Bill O'Reilly: President Obama and illegal immigration
By: StaffJuly 2, 2014
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By Bill O'Reilly

As the chaos on the southern border mounts and thousands of children pour into the USA President Obama finds himself in a very bad place. In five and a half years he has not been able to secure immigration reform and now as things are falling apart, Americans are growing angry. Pictures of innocent children suffering will do that.

So the President has decided to take matters into his own hands. Because the Republican Party senses political danger, it will not even consider immigration reform this election year so the President says he'll do it by himself.


OBAMA: The failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, is bad for our economy and is bad for our future. And that's why today I'm beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own without Congress.


O'REILLY: Now here is what's fascinating about that. Some of the President's immigration solutions will anger his liberal base.


OBAMA: Our message absolutely is don't send your children unaccompanied on trains or through a bunch of smugglers that is our direct message to the families in Central America. Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it they will get sent back.


O'REILLY: Wow. That runs counter to the current immigration law which grants all children from Central and South America, though not Mexico and Canada, political asylum hearings which often take years allowing those kids de facto legalization status which is why they are all coming here. Again, President Obama wants to eliminate that law and send the kids back home quickly. Not what the open border folks want to hear.


POWERS: I would say every child that comes into this country we should take care of.

JUAN WILLIAMS, FOX NEWS POLITICAL ANALYST: I'm with Kirsten Powers. I think those children are just like refugees that came from the Irish family and came from Jews who are being persecuted in Germany. They are escaping war and political instability.


O'REILLY: Well my main beef with the President continues to be his lack of preparation. Not prepared for the border crisis. Not prepared for the ISIS army. Not prepared for Putin's land grab, et cetera.

Now -- how to solve the entire immigration mess. Talking Points has come up with a plan that's fair, humane and can be implemented quickly. The plan is posted on if you want to read it quietly after this.

Number one: in order to stop the border madness -- and that's what it is -- President Obama must demand, demand that Mexico police its own borders. That means stopping tens of thousands of illegal aliens many of them children from crossing into Mexico from Guatemala. That's not a hard thing to do if you post the military at the border checkpoints. In addition, the Mexican army must control the border with the USA stopping the human smugglers and border intruders.

On the other side of the border, the American army will also be patrolling to back up the U.S. border patrol at the hottest spots like the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The National Guard should have been ordered to the border a long time ago. Its presence alone would inhibit people from paying the smugglers. You don't want to waste your money. It would also inhibit drug smuggling, right? Why President Obama has not done this is a mystery of the universe.

President Bush did it -- in a limited way, I admit. But it worked great. If Mexico does not cooperate on its borders, President Obama should do something very simple. Threaten trade sanctions.

Mexico is the primary reason we have so much immigration chaos. And it's time our federal government acted responsibly to hold that country accountable.

We here on The Factor have called for Americans to boycott Mexico. Don't travel there. Don't buy their stuff until they stop the massive corruption that's enveloped the entire country. Mexico should allow American planes, for example, to conduct surveillance in its airspace, to pinpoint illegal immigration camps on the ground. And stop the flow of folks El Norte.

Strong action by President Obama is needed right now. And believe me the Mexican government would respond to any threat of trade sanctions.

Now, what about the undocumented aliens who are already here? First, all of them must register at their local post office within three months providing name, age, family members, country of origin and address in the USA all of them. Every illegal alien adult has to do that.

If they don't, it's a felony. They go to a federal prison upon conviction with special immigration courts to expedite the process. Once the foreign national registers in the USA, he or she is sent a tamper proof I.D. card allowing them to immediately apply for working papers. Also, they can, eventually apply to be citizens here. And their applications will be placed behind those applying legally.

Under my immigration plan, the feds have the power to immediately deport anyone whom they feel is undesirable, dangerous, a criminal, or a social miscreant. Also the aliens could not receive entitlements although their children could. If an immigrant cannot find work in America, he or she is deportable -- up to Homeland Security to make that decision.

So there is no amnesty. There is a vetting process. But there is also hope that a hard-working, honest, foreign national might build a life here but no guarantee. That's a fair plan. That would put a severe dent in a problem that has been vexing America for decades. The rules for full citizenship would be very tough. And it would take a long time. But, in the end, that kind of immigration plan would strengthen the country and show the world we are a humane nation but not a soft one.

Finally, it is long past time for ideologues on both sides to stop the nonsense and do what's best for the country. The border must be controlled, amnesty is not fair. Criminal aliens must be jailed and deported after their sentences are completed. And anyone, anyone caught sneaking in here after immigration reform is passed will also be charged with a felony and that includes those who overstay visas.

You know what? That's reform that would work if only the American people set aside their fantasy ideas and embraced it. Let's force the pinheads in Washington who don't want to do anything to finally do what's best for the country.

And that's 'The Memo.'

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