Feb. 9, 2014, on "Fox News Sunday," radio talk show host Laura Ingraham battled "The Wall Street Journal," George Wills, Juan Williams and host Chris Wallace on behalf of the voices of throngs of "Tea Party Republicans," in the ongoing immigration reform debate. Outnumbered four to one, Chris Wallace offered Ingraham a "penalty next Sunday." Laura responded, "I'll take it."
Clearly exasperated, at one point Laura directly challenged George Wills, asking, "Do you care about American workers at all and their jobs and their wages, and their dreams?"
Ingraham served as the single voice for millions of conservatives who vehemently oppose any policies which even hint of amnesty for immigrants who are in America illegally without border enforcement.
These millions also oppose policies failing to consider the impact of massive immigration increases on jobs as well as what they consider a need for all immigrants to "assimilate," to adopt traditional American values, allegiances and cultural identities.
A moment of brevity in an otherwise heated debate came after Juan Williams attempted to defend President Obama for saving "grandmothers and kids" from deportation. Laura blasted him for offering an "emotional argument." Williams threw up his hands, saying, "I'd rather have George argue with her."
George Wills addressed Laura, "The problem here, is, Republican political imperatives are pretty clear and in my judgment, this will horrify Laura, diametrically opposed to the national interest, which is in considerable more immigration."
Laura responded after Wallace used an excerpt from a recent "Wall Street Journal" publication to support immigration as good for the GOP:
"The result of doing nothing will be a de facto amnesty, in which 11 million illegal immigrants will continue to work using fake documents. Mr. Obama will look for ways to grant more of them legal status using executive power and the GOP will look even more unwelcoming to minorities."
"'The Wall Street Journal' is on the side of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama, Pat Leahy and La Raza. Talk radio, for the most part, is on the side of yes, Heritage, probably other Tea Party type groups, most Republican senators and congressmen, I think, and the lion's share of the American people," explained Laura, adding, "The WSJ should put down their dog-eared copy of "Fountainhead" and actually live in the real world where people's wages are flat-lining,"
Laura maintained there was no will to enforce immigration laws currently on the books or any future laws made, wrapping her complaint up by pointing out that the president was "apparently" untrustworthy because Obama had already changed law with a stroke of his handy pen by deferring action for over a million people here illegally. Ingraham scathingly added, "Apparently, Republicans don't have a problem with it."
All in for immigration reform, Wills wouldn't buy into Laura's stance that lack of jobs and high American worker unemployment was an issue that should enter into the debate. The debate, in his opinion, should be focused upon economical "growth," plus an influx of workers needed to pay for the benefits of "10,000 babyboomers everyday becoming eligible for Social Security and Medicare." In the vein of "growth" Wills praised the "entrepreneurial" spirit of immigrants , saying, he wanted more of those kind of people.
Earlier this week, after releasing a document outlining the principles of immigration reform the GOP was considering, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) released the following statement: "There's widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And it's going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until of that change.
Without Republican support from the House, any hope for immigration reform has essentially stumbled, at least until after the 2014 election primaries, when Republicans are rumored to be planning to give it another try when it won't be so dangerous to those seeking reelection. Speaking to David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press" today, Senator Chuck Schumer (D) suggested if Republicans don't trust Obama, they could pass a bill but make it effective in 2017 after Obama left office.