Sen. Marco Rubio might be mum on his own immigration bill, but political pundit, Bill O’Reilly, is giving it his stamp of approval. O’Reilly endorsed the immigration measure during the Talking Points Memo on "The O’Reilly Factor" on Thursday.
“Talking Points support immigration reform, even though I well understand the new law will be somewhat chaotic,” he said.
O’Reilly acknowledged that if Republicans could not agree on immigration reform, it could spell disaster for their future.
“The Republican Party has a lot to lose here,” he said. “If it doesn’t compromise, many Hispanic voters will reject the GOP entirely, pretty much dooming the party in the future. That’s reality.”
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Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are hoping that new border restrictions in the bill will help the GOP reach across the aisle.
"Sen. Rubio told me on the phone today that it would be at least 13 years—13—before people in the country illegally right now could gain full legal working status, and even longer to achieve citizenship," he said.
The bill would allow 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States to become citizens, a measure that O’Reilly says amounts to rewarding “bad behavior,” making it a point of contention among conservatives.
On the other hand, he claims, “liberals are generally soft of illegal immigration because it helps Democrats, as most new voters support the ‘Entitlement Party.’”
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"It is time for the USA to pass immigration reform," he said. "For years I’ve called for a more secure southern border, you know that. And now it looks like the secure border is in reach. At least somewhat. So I hope this bill does become law."
O’Reilly went on to deny a report by Ryan Lizza at The New Yorker who wrote that Rubio and McCain were colluding with O’Reilly and other Fox anchors on the immigration bill.