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Monday, May 1, 2006
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Protests across the USA
"Talking Points has lots of questions about all these demonstrations, so let the queries begin. Why are many in the media calling Mondays's protests 'immigration demonstrations?' They are not. They are protests in favor of illegal immigration, largely calling for amnesty. Why is it not widely know that some amnesty organizers believe the USA stole the southwest from Mexico, and therefore all Mexicans have a right to cross the border whenever they want? Did you know that Saturday's peace rally in New York City was organized by a group that has communists and socialists on its advisory committee? Did you know the group also wants to disarm Israel? Why did the media not report any of that? How about the Darfur rally, which was a good thing? Why are some people who want aggressive action in Darfur - people like Nancy Pelosi and George Clooney - condemning the attempt to bring a humane government to Iraq? Things are so confusing in the world Now some answers. The pro-amnesty people largely believe the USA has a moral obligation to accept millions of poor people as citizens. Hard core Democrats like Howard Dean and Ted Kennedy see future votes. And some activists believe it is America's fault that there's poverty in Mexico and other countries. On the peace front, most of those demonstrators believe the USA is a flawed country, and so is Israel, and it's our fault there is terrorism in the world. So many questions, so little time."

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Protests in major cities across country
Guests: Congressman J.D. Hayworth; Cecilia Munoz, National Council of La Raza; Geraldo Rivera

Demonstrators turned out in various cities on Monday. Reporting from Los Angeles, Geraldo Rivera portrayed that city's march as a model of civility. "It's a huge turnout, it's overwhelmingly peaceful, and the American flags far outnumber the Mexican flags. The headline is that they are here, they want to be Americans, and they want to earn a living for their families. To think of these people as felons is a mistake."

The Factor was joined by La Raza's Cecila Munoz, who clarified the protesters' demands. "The people marching want an immigration policy that works for this country. We're not for amnesty - we're for giving people the chance to work for six years, learn English, pay a $2,000 fine, and come out of the shadows. We're asking them to earn it." Congressman J.D. Hayworth predicted the marches will trigger a widespread backlash. "The American people, slow to anger, are now becoming enraged that non-citizens demand privileges accorded to regular citizens. These marches are not about civil rights - if people are coming here illegally, they are committing a crime." The Factor worried that the American people's resentment will be misdirected. "The anger is building and is being directed at these illegal immigrants. I believe the anger should be directed at the Mexican government, which is appalling, and at the US government, which has looked the other way for thirty years."
Do you favor immigration protests?
Guest: Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham

Most polls indicate that American people favor stronger control of America's borders, and don't believe illegal immigrants have the right to protest. Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham complained that media reports tend to demonize anyone who opposes illegal immigration. "Most Americans are pro-immigrant, but for the media and the intellectuals to perpetuate this lie that most Americans are anti-immigrant is shameless. The mainstream media is making the same bet that Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer are making - that these new unskilled immigrants will vote Democratic."
Is the press helping terrorism?
Guest: Author Lt. Col. Ralph Peters

Some of this year's Pulitzer Prizes for journalism went to reporters who revealed classified information obtained from anonymous government sources. Writer and former Army officer Ralph Peters accused the reporters of intentionally damaging the war on terror. "Nobody has a right to give away our wartime secrets just because they don't like the outcome of a presidential election, and the press doesn't have the right to publish wartime secrets. When the press publishes wartime secrets and gives a gift to our enemies, the only difference I see between spies and those journalists is that the journalists do more damage. These awards were political awards - they were anti-Bush awards, they were left-wing awards." The Factor added that journalism awards tend to be given by people with a political bias. "We analyzed the Pulitzer committee and it is overwhelmingly left wing. They don't like the Bush administration, don't like the Iraq war, and don't like the way the war is being waged."
Black Panthers involved in Duke case
Guests: Attorneys Drew Findling & Wendy Murphy

The radical organization known as the New Black Panthers has become involved in the Duke rape case, where a black woman claims she was raped by white lacrosse players. One of the group's leaders, Malik Zulu Shabazz, vowed there will be no peace "until justice is done," and demanded that the defendants be expelled from Duke. Attorney Drew Findling called it a glaring double standard. "If there had been an alleged white female victim and African Americans accused of doing it, and the KKK was asking for justice on the Duke campus, we would be puking. As we should be puking by what we just heard. We have a woman who once before made a false allegation of rape, and she's doing it again. She's trying to hit the jackpot." But attorney Wendy Murphy set forth another argument, that the vaunted "presumption of innocence" is misunderstood. "The presumption of innocence applies in a court of law to the jurors and the judge, it doesn't apply to me. I am mad that every time we have a high-profile rape case in this country, we beat up on the woman, and I'm glad people are protesting." The Factor reaffirmed the importance of not pre-judging any case. "What I want, and what is fair, is the presumption of innocence but an aggressive prosecution if it's warranted."
Supreme Court rules on Anna Nicole case
Guest: Fox News correspondent Megyn Kendall

The Supreme Court has ruled on the case of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, who sued for a chunk the $500-million estate left by her late husband Jay Howard Marshall. He was 89 when they married, she was 26. Fox News correspondent Megyn Kendall reported that Smith won her argument, although a big payday is still a long way off. "The Supreme Court has ruled that you can bring claims that relate to a will in federal court. There was a lot of proof that Marshall loved her, and had instructed his lawyers to give her half her assets. Now she can still get millions, or she could walk away with nothing."
Factor Words of the Day
Viewers sound off
Your e-mails dealt with various topics, including oil prices and illegal immigration. Some excerpts:

Rick Lindsay, Brentwood, TN: "Bill, you and your liberal propaganda has demonized the oil companies. Neil Cavuto has the answers. Listen and learn."

Jared Somerset, British Columbia, Canada: "Bill, do you have any idea how many people have oil company stocks in their retirement portfolios? You should just zip it."

Brenda Spears, Tahlequah, OK: "Americans should boycott Mexican tourist destinations for one month. Let's see which country really affects the other one."

Lee Ellis, Washington, DC: "Angela Alioto complained that poor Mexicans must come to the USA because of the corrupt government in that country. So why aren't people protesting in Mexico City?"
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