O'Reilly: Border Crisis 'Creating an Underclass of People Dependent' on Taxpayers

Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 09:21 AM

By Melanie Batley

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The influx of tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants across the southern border of the United States will ultimately will create a new underclass who will be dependent on government benefits for decades to come, says Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.

During a segment about illegal immigration on the "O'Reilly Factor" on Tuesday, O'Reilly said that because most immigrants do not speak English and lack formal education and skills, they will not be able to compete for jobs in America's competitive economy.



"The harsh reality is we cannot support all of the world's poor," O’Reilly said. "It's impossible. And since the Obama administration cannot control the southern border, the USA is now facing a crisis."

O'Reilly said that separate to the challenges of securing the border along Texas and Arizona, the economic dependency of immigrants will be the longer term problem.

"Look, most of these kids and their parents can't speak English, have little education and few skills," he said. "How are they going to compete in our competitive marketplace here? How?" O'Reilly said.

"The answer is, they are not going to compete. And it will take decades for most of them to be self-sufficient. So we are creating an underclass of people, totally dependent on American taxpayers who are already under siege from every direction."

He concluded his segment by saying, "The immigration crisis could very well damage the entire infrastructure of America. There is no question about it."


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