A lame stunt from an activist posing as a questioner, in keeping with the ethos of a network whose star anchor encourages journalists to eschew neutrality and shill hard for the issues that matter to them, like effectively erasing America’s borders. Coulter is unflappable, though, to her credit. By all accounts she did a nifty job keeping Jorge Ramos on the defensive during their interview yesterday despite knowing that Fusion is one of the least hospitable places in American media for a new book about the country’s immigration crisis. How nifty? Well, unless I’ve missed it somewhere, there’s no clip of the entire segment posted at Fusion’s website. The only clips available are short “boo! hiss!” moments for the enjoyment of amnesty fans, like this one and Coulter provocatively arguing that Americans have more to fear from illegals than they do from ISIS. It fell to Breitbart to record the following exchange for posterity, in which Coulter politely wonders what percentage of Mexico’s population the United States is morally obliged to absorb.
“We have taken in one quarter of the entire Mexican population,” Coulter asked him. “At what point will we have taken in enough, in your view?”
That’s where Ramos made his stunning admission.
“I think that with the legal system—“ he started to answer.
“Half the Mexican population? The entire Mexican population?” Coulter kept pressing.
“No, I think with the legal system we wouldn’t need and we wouldn’t be having hundreds of people dying crossing the border,” Ramos replied.
“That isn’t an answer to the question,” Coulter corrected him. “One quarter of the Mexican population. How much more do we have to take?”
Ramos dodged again, essentially admitting he supports no limit whatsoever.
“It’s an economic situation,” he said. “As long as you have people here who need immigrants and workers and as long as you have workers needing a job, they’re going to be coming here. It’s an economic situation.”
“It’s an economic situation” is the open-borders response: Eliminate restrictions on immigration, at least for illegals who seem to pose no criminal threat, and the labor market will sort out the rest. That’s a high-minded libertarian-ish reply but it doesn’t explain why Ramos also opposes deporting illegal immigrant children despite the fact that they’re not old enough to work. What he’s really about is ethnic solidarity — another point Coulter had the nerve to call him on — but he can’t admit that (or the fact that he supports allowing residency for anyone who makes it across) or else — gasp — the person onstage who seems the most radical on this issue might not be Ann Coulter.
Two clips here, one via Fusion and the other via Breitbart.