Fox News host Bill O'Reilly cut the microphones of two pro-immigration guests because he disagreed with their proposed border enforcement solutions.
On the August 27 edition of his show, O'Reilly invited immigration reform advocates Ben Johnson of the American Immigration Council and Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, to talk about solutions to undocumented immigration into the U.S. During the segment, O'Reilly asked both guests what they would do “to stop people from coming in here illegally,” only to cut their microphones off when they tried to explain their solutions, which included improvements in border enforcement:
Later in the show, O'Reilly explained to Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham that he “cut them off” because they weren't answering his questions:
O'REILLY: I had to cut them off and be rude because they weren't answering the questions. It was obvious they weren't answering them and I can't waste the viewers' time.
O'Reilly's solutions for lessening immigration from Mexico have been criticized as “absurd” and “useless.” Recently O'Reilly has advocated militarizing the southern border, flying surveillance flights in Mexican airspace “to pinpoint illegal immigration camps,” and building a Berlin Wall-style border fence.