Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera and Lawrence Jones clashed on Friday over giving work permits to migrants who enter the United States illegally.
“There is a problem. We have got to deal with the problem. What do you do with the problem?” Rivera asked after saying that 40,000 migrants needed shelter. “The solution, I believe, is to give expedited work permits to these migrants, bypass some of the red tape, let them work to pay for their own hotel rooms.”
“I’m sorry though, why would we give work permits to people who broke the law here?” Jones asked in response. “There has to be some consequence for coming into the country illegally and rolling out the red carpet, giving them notices to appear. Three years out and giving them work permits is only going to incentivize more people to come here illegally, right?”
Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York called those who oppose taking in migrants “bigoted” on Monday. while floating the idea of housing migrants in aircraft hangars at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona began busing migrants to New York City and other so-called “sanctuary” cities in 2022.
Over 1.2 million illegal immigrants have been encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border during fiscal year 2023, according to data released by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), following 2,378,944 encounters in fiscal year 2022 and 1,734,686 in fiscal year 2021, while Fox News reported that 600,000 migrants evaded CBP in fiscal year 2022.
“These are people who – they are the grocery deliverers, every pizza in New York is delivered by an undocumented immigrant,” Rivera said. “They are washing the dishes. They want to work. They want the American dream.”
Residents in Chicago and New York City have protested sheltering migrants, citing concerns over safety and whether migrants could be allowed to vote in local elections.
“If you look on the dark side, I believe there’s plenty to see there, but if you look at my vision of an optimistic America, where the rule can be that you can have the American dream, too,” Rivera said. “If you play by the rules.”
“They haven’t played by the rules, Geraldo,” Jones said. “They haven’t played by the rules. And our country is giving them a red carpet now for coming here and breaking the law.”
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