Conservative Dan Bongino tore into Geraldo Rivera and his emotional response on Sean Hannity’s show Thursday night over President Biden’s plan to grant blanket amnesty to an estimated 11 million illegal aliens.
The move to give citizenship to millions of undocumented workers would likely take jobs away from Americans who already can’t find work due to the pandemic. Hannity emphasized just how much that would hurt Americans.
Biden’s plan, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, which was introduced in Congress on Thursday by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), would grant amnesty to somewhere between 11 and 22 million illegal immigrants who are currently residing in the United States. It would even give amnesty to those already deported from the U.S. under the Trump administration.
Under the plan, green cards would be issued to millions of illegal aliens who are categorized as farmworkers or enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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After Hannity predicted how catastrophic Biden’s immigration plan would be, he turned to Geraldo Rivera for commentary.
Rivera stated that he believes Biden’s plan does not stand a chance of being passed. But he felt it was an important step to take for supporting “Dreamers.”
He appealed to the emotions of Americans by playing on the premise that those working in the fields, cleaning toilets, providing food and other services during the pandemic were “essential” workers and that America needs them even though they are here illegally.
The Fox News correspondent-at-large noted that “…during the height of the pandemic, millions of undocumented immigrants were designated essential workers because they were the ones that were processing our poultry, packing our meat, harvesting our fruits and vegetables, delivering our fruit, our food, cleaning the restrooms in hospitals and all the yucky jobs.”
“They were designated essential workers because they were essential. They contribute in a way that is during this pandemic immeasurable, so compassion is definitely needed toward this population,” Rivera stated.
Bongino proceeded to point out to Rivera that these people broke our laws to come here illegally and that justifying citizenship for millions because their parents broke the law bringing them into the country doesn’t cut it. He stated that there is a pathway to citizenship and it’s called “citizenship.”
“There is a pathway to citizenship… you know what it’s called? It’s called citizenship. Because they insisted on doing it illegally doesn’t make that my fault, okay?” he said.
“And secondly, you said something else… it doesn’t make me not compassionate when you say things like, well, undocumented workers – meaning they don’t have documents meaning they didn’t go through the process meaning they’re probably here illegally – are essential workers who work hard,” Bongino continued.
“Fair enough. I’m not saying they don’t, but you know who else works hard? The American people who actually follow American laws and work really hard too, and pay taxes, so I’m really sorry but the emotional portion you’re trying to bring into this is not a policy argument. It’s an emotional one. You’re free to have compassion, but Geraldo, if that’s your case, then you’re free to take in people who come into the country illegally and take care of them yourself. That’s your call but don’t put the burden on other people because you want to have compassion rather than making sensible policy arguments,” he contended.
Rivera continued to argue for ‘hard working’ illegal aliens whether they are “Dreamers” or come here for seasonal work. But Bongino wasn’t falling for it. He told Rivera that he had cleaned toilets and mausoleums, too, that Rivera was treating Americans like they were “from another planet.” Bongino made it clear that if illegal immigrants were not here, that Americans would step up and do the jobs that needed to be done anyway.
The conservative firebrand wrapped up his debate with Rivera by basically pointing out that Americans are essential too, and should come first. A sentiment that host Sean Hannity was in full agreement with.
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