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Bill O'Reilly denies he's scared of Mexican immigrants

Reported by Chrish - April 4, 2006

In a pre-recorded one-on-one shown on The O'Reilly Factor today 4/3/06 with Juan Hernandez, author of "New American Pioneers: Why Are We Afraid of Mexican Immigrants", Bill O'Reilly asserted that HE is not afraid of Mexican immigrants; a few Americans might be, but most are concerned.

He belied that claim a moment later when he spoke of the "illegals" in his area on Long Island who were driving down property values and making the neighborhood unsafe for children.

Hernandez says that since 9/11 there is understandable concern about security, but we should not be afraid of Mexican immigrants or Mexico. O'Reilly reiterated that most Americans are not afraid - we don't know who's here legally and who's not, but "let me give you one concrete example of true fear:"

The big BORe lives on Long Island and there are a lot of Mexican and Central American "illegals" who work there as gardeners and housekeepers. A couple months ago there was a house in Suffolk County "shut down" because 45 , 45, men were living there illegally.

Comment: I believe he is talking about an incident from last June. For once he has underplayed the magnitude of the situation; according to the article there were 64 men living in a 900 square foot house. There could be another incident but not that I've found.

He goes on to say that people in the neighborhood, "regular folks," were scared of the non-English speaking men, and scared because their property values went down and their children couldn't play unattended. They had darn good reason to be concerned, did they not?

Hernandez dismisses the anecdote and says that we tend to bring together the real problems of narco-traffic, problem security, problems at the border , and since we haven't been able to find Al-Queda or any terrorists we blame the undocumented for all our troubles and we blame Mexico. O'Reilly is calling whoa, whoa, whoa, go back to the block in Suffolk County - this exists! (Comment: and it could have affected me!) "The authorities had to shut it down, it was a slum lord taking advantage of them..." (comment: and the slum lord is the real problem is he not?) and Hernandez overtalks, saying let me tell you about a bigger problem.

O'Reilly looks sincerely surprised for a moment - "WHAT?" - because there's no bigger problem than poor brown people who want to live in neighborhoods close to where their services are welcomed. He regains quickly though, and accuses Hernandez of dodging . Hernandez says we have a much greater problem: these people can't get drivers' licenses or insurance. O'Reilly reminds him they're here illegally and Hernandez says yes, they're undocumented, but the US has been talking out of both sides of its mouth for many years, saying on the one hand "don't come, don't come" while saying "but if you make it there's a great reward for you." O'Reilly agrees 100%.

O'Reilly and Hernandez are also in agreement that the people who are already here should be given a chance at citizenship on conditions: they learn English, they work and pay SS and income taxes, they don't get in trouble with the law, and they pay a fine for coming illegally in the first place. But O'Reilly wants to shut the border down NOW to stop the flood, whereas Hernandez says the best way to secure the border is to work WITH the government of Mexico. O'Reilly hollers "they're unco-operative! They don't help!" and tells Hernandez, who is protesting "oh yes they do" to go to Nuevo Laredo if he thinks cooperation is the key and says "you're living in the land of Oz if you think the Mexican government is helping us. They're not."

That ended the segment and we went back to Kasich in the studio.

Comment: How narcissistic of O'Reilly to want to turn the whole international debate into a referendum on upper-class homeowners being uncomfortable having to see the awful conditions their hired help has to live in.

This really correlates with the earlier segment Kasich did on Cosby's comments in that again we're talking about the core issue of the cycle of poverty that keeps millions of people down. So many are caught in a Catch-22 and it's easy for these well-paid personalities to scold, but they would probably not be where they are today had they not been born into their more fortunate circumstances.

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