Sean Hannity battled it out with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over immigration Monday on Fox News. Ramos argued against what he perceived to be demonization of illegal aliens, while Hannity listed the costs of illegal immigration on American society.
“Jorge, are you at all concerned,” Hannity pointedly asked, “about Americans that have been killed by illegal immigrants?”
Are you at all concerned about the drugs that have come into this country? Are you at all concerned about the money Americans have to pay for illegal immigrants as it relates to our educational system, our healthcare system, our criminal justice system? Because you say you don’t recognize the country, well I think America is a country of law. Do any of these things impress you at all or bother you at all or do you have any concern for your fellow American citizen?
“Absolutely, absolutely,” Ramos responded, “and no one here, Sean this is very important, no one here, including me, is defending criminals in this country. No one here is defending terrorists, or rapists. No one is doing that. The way you are presenting this issue is absolutely wrong. Completely biased.”
After some argumentative crosstalk, Ramos continued.
Alright, this is the reality. The vast majority of immigrants in this country, vast majority, Sean, are not criminals, are not terrorists, and are not rapists. Check the report by the American Immigration Council. Immigrants are less likely to be criminals than those born in the United States. Immigrants are less likely to be behind bars than U.S. citizens.
Ramos cites from this report from the American Immigration Council that attempts to draw a comparison between crimes committed by illegal aliens to those who are native-born.
“That’s not true,” Hannity interjected, “because if 36% represent the 70,000 people that went to a federal prison, that’s just not true.”
“So, what you are presenting is as if most immigrants in this country are criminals, ” Ramos disputed. “Yes, I agree, undocumented immigrants made, they committed a crime by coming to the United States, but that doesn’t mean that they are killing Americans. That doesn’t mean that they are rapists.”
“Since 1990, and I think…
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