Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh said on "Fox News Sunday" that he would agree with giving permanent citizenship to all undocumented immigrants as long as they couldn’t vote for up to 25 years.
"I’ll make you a deal right here," Limbaugh said on the program. "I would be willing, right here, to support an effort to grant permanent citizenship to whatever number of illegal immigrants there are in the country, tomorrow, if you will make as part of the deal they can’t vote for 15 to 25 years. And if they will agree to that, I’ll grant them amnesty."
Host Chris Wallace said the proposal was "pretty interesting."
"You're pretty powerful, but I'm not sure you could make that deal on behalf of Congress and the president," Wallace joked.
Does he believe Democrats will cooperate?
Limbaugh said he believes Democrats do not really want to see immigration issues solved.
"All this is, is an effort by the Democrat Party to provide for themselves a current underclass," he said. "They need a permanent underclass that is dependent on the government for their survival. That’s why they want illegal immigrants granted citizenship. They don’t want the issue solved."
"They don’t want any issue solved, legislatively or otherwise, before the 2018 elections. And I think Trump is partially exposing that through the various, different proposals he is making. He’s giving them pretty much what they want and they’re turning it down," he explained.
In 2015, Limbaugh suggested that the flood of immigrants into the country is a move by Democrats to increase their voting block.
Since 1990, immigrants have tended to lean toward Democrat candidates, The Washington Post reported.
Four immigration bills failed in the Senate this past week, as lawmakers grapple with how to deal with the so-called "Dreamers," immigrants came to the country illegally as children but have deportation protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
DACA will end next month unless Congress can agree on a solution.