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On the May 17 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, while discussing May 17 Senate negotiations on a bipartisan immigration bill, host Bill O'Reilly said: "Reluctantly, and I mean reluctantly, 'Talking Points' is going to support this legislation. It's the best we can get and does improve the situation." But O'Reilly asserted that the bill "drastically alters the United States of America," adding that "there will be unintended consequences all over the place. The new census report says America's now one-third minority." He continued, "And in four states -- California, New Mexico, Texas, and Hawaii -- whites are the minority."
O'Reilly was citing a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, which found that "[a]bout 1-in-every-3 U.S. residents was part of a group other than single-race non-Hispanic white." He then claimed that "with the infusion of as many as 20 to 30 million new citizens in the next 10 years, the landscape of America will absolutely change."
As Media Matters for America has noted, O'Reilly has previously expressed concern over the increasing non-white population in the United States:
- On the May 16, 2006, edition of The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly claimed that The New York Times and "many far-left thinkers believe the white power structure that controls America is bad, so a drastic change is needed." O'Reilly continued: "According to the lefty zealots, the white Christians who hold power must be swept out by a new multicultural tide, a rainbow coalition, if you will." O'Reilly's comments came during a discussion of opposition by the Times and others to deploying the National Guard to help secure the border.
- On the May 1, 2006, edition of Westwood One's The Radio Factor, O'Reilly alleged that the "organizers" of nationwide pro-immigrant protests had a "hardcore militant agenda of 'You stole our land, you bad gringos,' " and that the protest organizers were seeking to "take it back by massive, massive migration into the Southwest.' "
- On the April 12, 2006, broadcast of his radio show, O'Reilly claimed that on the April 11 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, guest Charles Barron, a New York City councilman, had revealed the "hidden agenda" behind the current immigration debate. O'Reilly told his listeners: "[T]he bottom line is Charles Barron said last night is there is a movement in this country to wipe out 'white privilege' and to have the browning of America." O'Reilly suggested that this "hidden agenda" included plans to let "people who live in the Caribbean, people who live in Africa and Asia ... walk in and become citizens immediately."
From the May 17 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
O'REILLY: Reluctantly, and I mean reluctantly, "Talking Points" is going to support this legislation. It's the best we can get and does improve the situation. But make no mistake, it's not fair. It drastically alters the United States of America. And there will be unintended consequences all over the place.
The new census report says America's now one-third minority. And in four states -- California, New Mexico, Texas, and Hawaii -- whites are the minority. So with the infusion of as many as 20 to 30 million new citizens in the next 10 years, the landscape of America will absolutely change.
Finally, the happiest guy in the country tonight is Senator Edward Kennedy [D-MA] because this amnesty is a boon to the Democratic Party. Most of the new citizens will become Democrats simply because of entitlements and peer pressure. So there you have it. It's not pretty. But if the government stops the madness at the border and punishes employers who continue to violate the law, I'll go with it because there's nothing better coming down the pike.