After Donald Trump released his detailed plan on immigration over the weekend, the debate was quick to ask whether or not it was practical. In typical partisan fashion, the right wing media went into a frenzy. Host of “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd, went aboard Trump’s private jet during a trip to the Iowa State Fair and spoke to the Republican front runner about his more immigration plan.
Including details like ending birth right citizenship, deporting all 11 million illegal immigrants, and forcing Mexico to pay for a border wall, Trump was defiant in his message. “They have to go,” Trump said of illegal immigrants. This issue was discussed in further detail during the August 17 edition of “Hannity” on Fox News.
Welcoming Univison anchor Jorge Ramos to the show, host Sean Hannity pressed his guest on his thoughts about Trump’s plan. “I think everything about Donald Trump’s plan is wrong,” Ramos said, calling it “impossible to achieve.” Pointing to the number of crimes committed by illegal immigrants, Hannity told Ramos that the United States was a nation of laws and those who want to come into the country, should do so legally. Ramos pushed back, asking Hannity why companies who hire illegal immigrants don’t ever get punished. Hannity conceded that point, but explained that American citizens should get priorities over illegal immigrants.
“We have 93 million Americans out of the labor force. Fifty million in poverty. I would prefer that we get American citizens jobs first.”
When Ramos attempted to explain that illegal immigrants contribute to the American economy, Hannity accused him of not believing “in the rule of law.” “They didn’t respect our laws. You don’t believe in the rule of law. You don’t care about people who don’t respect out laws,” Hannity said.
The two continued to spare, with Ramos even asking Hannity, “are you going to be in the business of deporting babies?” Hannity called Ramos’ response an “emotional argument,” saying “that is what a lot of countries do. America’s the only dumb country that leaves its borders open.”
Immigration is one of the more complicated issues in American politics. With 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, possibly higher, it’s almost impossible to come up with a comprehensive strategy that works for all parties involved. With the rising Hispanic vote so imperative for candidates seeking office, any immigration plan that included deportation, wall building, and tearing families a part will almost be considered a non starter on a national level.