Fox News personalities Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham clashed over the immigration reform bill that Democrats and some Republicans are trying to ram through Congress. While Ingraham scoffed at the assertion that passing the immigration bill is in the best interest of the GOP, O’Reilly argued Hispanic voters would abandon the party completely if the bill isn’t passed.
But Ingraham just rolled her eyes and told him not to buy into the Democrats’ “phony, fraudulent narrative.”
Expressing some optimism, O’Reilly said immigration reform is an important issue and if the immigration bill actually improves border security and does what the bill is intended to do, “that’s a good thing.”
Ingraham said the fact that big government progressives, including President Barack Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, are so supportive of the bill is a “clue that it’s ultimately not going to be good.”
O’Reilly then countered by noting Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) support of the immigration bill. “I don’t think McCain is a liar,” he said.
O’Reilly also said that the GOP would lose the Hispanic vote completely if the GOP abandoned immigration reform.
“The Republican Party will win more support in the Latino, black, female, young people sector, if they start putting forward a pro-growth agenda for the middle class, instead of touting legislation that is going to hammer the middle class,” Ingraham shot back.
“Don’t buy into their narrative, it’s a phony, fraudulent narrative!” she added.
O’Reilly concluded by saying he thinks the immigration bill should “go through.”
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