Fox News host Laura Ingraham had some choice words about immigration this week. According to The Week, the conservative show host took issue with several comments made by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialist who won New York’s 14th district earlier this year. Ocasio-Cortez was interviewed on the popular podcast Pod Save America when she addressed the “hey-day” of the American moderate, and how older Democrats are different from the younger generations, who see themselves as more progressive. After scoffing at Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks and saying that she couldn’t know all of America from her “loft in Queens,” Ingraham went on to wax poetic about America.
“In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like.”
She added that these changes are mostly due to “illegal and sometimes legal immigration” which “progressives love.”
She added that while the old guard of Democrats wanted borders and commonsense immigration policy, the new “activists” believe that immigration is a “civil rights violation.” She said that Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk want to do away with immigration, eventually “diluting and overwhelming your vote with the votes of others.” She called for the border wall to be built and immigration loopholes closed to prevent immigrants from committing crimes.
Ingraham later elaborated with the following.
“The president can be so persuasive, so give us the whole truth, Mr. President, the good, the bad, and yes, the uncomfortable. This is a national emergency and he must demand that Congress act now. There is something slipping away in this country and it’s not about race or ethnicity. It’s what was once a common understanding by both parties that American citizenship is a privilege, and one that at a minimum requires respect for the rule of law and loyalty to our Constitution.”
Journalist Jeff Bercovici tweeted about Ingraham’s comments, saying that she wasn’t “100% wrong” about immigrants coming to America and changing things, and mentioning Rupert Murdoch, the Australian media mogul who is now acting CEO of Fox News.
— Jeff Bercovici (@jeffbercovici) August 9, 2018
CNN’s Chris Cuomo addressed Ingraham’s comments and President Trump’s stance on immigration. Cuomo brought up Trump’s meeting with a group of CEOs at one of his golf clubs in New Jersey. Allegedly, the CEOs asked Trump “to make it easier to get high-skilled immigrants and workers for their companies.” Cuomo says that the Trump administration doesn’t want any more immigrants in the country than necessary, like those needed for labor. He added that Trump wants to deter immigration, especially legal immigration. He cited Trump’s ideas of preventing immigrants from access to the ACA and benefits.
“What he really wants to create is an ugly rejection of who made this country great in the first place. And you are staring at the big nose of the truth on your screen right now,” said Cuomo, and described his ancestors, who were illiterate Italian immigrants who took any job they could to survive. He added that his family worked hard digging ditches and worked their way into various trades. One generation later, Cuomo said, there was a governor in his family. In the following generation, there was another governor, an anchor at CNN (himself), and a number of doctors and lawyers.
“So my argument is this: How many of you would be here if America was like what Trump wants it to be now? I wouldn’t. Would you?… I don’t think you’d make the cut,” Cuomo added.