Hannity: I’ve ‘Evolved’ on Immigration and Support a ‘Pathway to Citizenship’

Mackenzie Weinger, Politico, November 8, 2012

Sean Hannity said Thursday he has “evolved” on immigration and now supports a “pathway to citizenship.”


“It’s simple to me to fix it,” Hannity said. “I think you control the border first. You create a pathway for those people that are here—you don’t say you’ve got to go home. And that is a position that I’ve evolved on. Because, you know what, it’s got to be resolved. The majority of people here, if some people have criminal records you can send them home, but if people are here, law-abiding, participating for years, their kids are born here, you know, first secure the border, pathway to citizenship, done.”


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  • BernieGoetzFan

    Rand Paul just “evolved” today as well.

    • Saw that. I would like to think he’s engaging in some sort of acute positional bargaining in order to sink the whole deal. I fear he’s for real.

      Either way, I oppose any such deal, because it would hasten the dispossession of native born white Americans from their own country.

    • mobilebay

      How about Sen. Graham and Sen. Schumer? Of course Schumer has always been pro-illegal, but more and more those who profit from illegal immigration are coming out of the woodwork.

    • Eff Rand Paul. Time for daddy Ron to demand Junior have a paternity test.

  • Puggg

    “Fix the border first then enact amnesty.”

    If you’re going to let everyone in, why bother securing the border? If you’re going to give away everything in your house, why bother putting a stronger lock on your door?

    • The__Bobster

      Fix the border and then toss them back over it. Now doesn’t that make more sense?

    • Memphomaniac

      Slamming the barn door after the cows have already got out would seem a good comparison. No reason to secure the border until the current laws are enforced. Without interior enforcement, it is just a few hours of inconvenience to get past the border zone and home-free in any state you pick. We do not need border enforcement or a fence if we make it impossible for the illegal aliens to work or collect public assistance in the USA. Let anyone visit the USA as a tourist and when they run out of money, they can go home. NO JOBS AND NO WELFARE MEANS NO ILLEGAL ALIENS.

  • negrolocaust

    if you want to hear endless obama soundclips and hannity repeating day after day the same tired phrases because he does not have enough talent to do an original show than tune in. no wonder savage calls him wall banger. levin is not much better and sometimes even worse. even savage has taken to reading endlessly from his tired books . and limp balls is even worse . but bill cunningham is worst of all. i quit listening to any of them.

    • The__Bobster

      At least El Rushbo has gone in the opposite direction of Shammity on this issue. He’s better at reading public opinion.

      • Steel_Quake77

        Also Rush probably doesn’t want his beloved Conservative Movement to be consigned to the dustbin of History, which is what a massive Amnesty for Hispanics (who vote overwhelmingly Democrat) would do.

        I mean Rush even talks about his dad (or grandad) hanging out once with President Eisenhower. He is really invested.

        Lets be totally honest here: Chances are Hannity, being Irish Catholic (who are usually liberal Democrats), is possibly the first ‘Conservative Republican’ of his familial line!!! He just doesn’t have as much skin in the game so to speak.

  • JackKrak

    Well, that didn’t take long.
    What’s the shelf life of your core values after they take a big hit? Six days?

    • Xerxes22

      Sean Hannity would make hot man love with Chrissy Mathews of MSNBC if his bosses ordered him to do so. Prostitutes don’t have core values. They only care about the money.

      • The__Bobster

        I think someone should post his conversations with FBI spy/turncoat Hal Turner in a prominent place.

  • MekongDelta69

    Most annoying people on radio/TV:

    Alan Colmes
    Bob Beckel
    Juan Williams
    Sean Hannity
    Jay Carney
    Shepard Smith
    Almost everybody who works at CNN
    Anybody and everybody who works at MSNBC.

    • Puggg

      Shep Smith will go straight from Fox Noise Channel to the Southern Poverty Law Center staff.

      • I lost all respect for Sheppard Smith watching his constant blubbering during Katrina over people too stupid to leave town. What is even funnier is watching Mayor Nagin cry and complain that he didn’t have any buses to get people out of town when he had complete control of a fleet of over 300 buses that the incompetent local government of New Orleans just left in the parking lots to be flooded.

  • evnra1

    I actually have one of his books, “Deliver Us From Evil.” Ironic isn’t it? I’m seriously thinking of recording myself throwing it in a dumpster, then posting it on youtube.

  • jack ryan

    Lot’s of competition for the booby prize of White Majority (soon to be minority) Racial Renegade of the Year Award (Instauration Magazine used to give this award every year). Hannity is in the running to win this year.

  • crystal evans

    All Hannity is doing is encouraging more illegal immigration. How are you going to secure the border? That fence is not working. In fact, I saw a video where two girls climbed the fence within 18 seconds. The only way would be to cut off the main reason for illegals coming here, the employers that are willing to hire them because they will take less pay.

    • The__Bobster

      If two girls can get over it that easily it’s not a fence.

    • Eagle_Eyed

      A fence could work. It may require more money, constant surveillance, and armed Marines and soldiers pointing M-16s at would-be aliens…but it can work.

      • crystal evans

        Or make it like the Berlin wall with electrified fences and guard towers with trained snipers.

  • The Republican Party should change its’ name to the Rollover Party, PATHETIC

    • How about the Pillow-biter party?

  • white dude

    what a wallbanger, thats how Savage calls him

  • nativist

    But this is more of the same from Hannity, not evolution. He has never taken the national
    question seriously, and has hung up on patriot callers who have wanted to raise the issue
    on his program.

    • The__Bobster

      And if they were winning the debate, he’d call them anti-Semites, play the Mark Levin “big dope” recording and then hang up on them.

    • ATBOTL

      Rush Limbaugh did the same thing early in the Bush regime. None of the right wing talk radio people are really on our side.

  • kjh64

    We have millions of Americans out of work. We don’t need any more immigration, legal or illegal, and the illegals, all 40 million of them, need to go home. This can be easily achieved by enforcing our employment laws, getting rid of birthright citizenship and allowing police across the country to ask for papers for anyone stopped and thought not to be a citizen and here illegally. Without 40 million illegals and their kids, we’d have millions of jobs open up for Americans. Americans would not have to pay much higher taxes for educating their kids, medcial care, incarceration and other benefits for the illegal and their anchor babies. A “pathway” to citizenship is a joke. We don’t enforce our immigration laws now, like a “pathway to citizenship” would be enforced. Please. LOL

    • crystal evans

      But most of the jobs these illegals do are jobs that the average American would not take because these are mostly low skilled low wage jobs.Their only competition would be high school dropouts who cannot get anything else.

      • mobilebay

        Ms. Evans, perhaps you’re not old enough to recall the construction industry being made up of mostly white men and some blacks. Now, take a drive and look at construction sites. They all seem to be Hispanics. Could it be that they work cheaper and take the jobs from Americans who don’t live ten to a room? I also blame un-American companies who hire, but we know out of the more than 20 million unemployed Americans, surely there are some who will “work” for a living, whether it be in that industry, hospitality, restaurant, landscaping, etc. Those were Americans who did the jobs previously. Teensdepended on restaurant or baby-sitting jobs to help them save for college or other needs. They’ve been cut out too. So I don’t really know of any jobs Americans won’t do. We’re a hardy lot, if given the chance.

      • kjh64

        I work at night and go to a nearby Jack-In-the Box. Most of the people working the window are Americans, some young and some older. I too remember that up until rather recently(the 90’s), Americans did all the construction jobs, janitorial work etc. I was watching a show about a hotel in Montana recently and all the maids were White because that sparsely populated state is about 99% White. It’s not that Americans won’t do these jobs, they always have, it’s that Mexican do it more cheaply and I partly blame greedy White Americans in business for that

      • Yorkshireman.

        So, crystal evans, have thought for even one nanosecond that even White high school dropouts need jobs or would you simply abandon them to a life of misery and pay some illegal immigrant to cut your grass etc. Who used to do these menial tasks way back when the original White settlers arrived from Plymouth or perhaps they too had to work or starve. Nothing so mundane as lawn care but basic survival, as any American historian will attest. Your attitude is the reason why illegals pour into your country in a never ending stream. I doubt there are very many gardening jobs in Mexico, hence the surplus jumping the fence.

      • Their only competition would be high school dropouts who cannot get anything else.

        Let me respectfully say, BFD. My duty is to my countrymen first, even be they high school dropouts, before it is to Luis, Jorge or Lupita.

      • What are you talking about? You sound like a La Raza disciple. Who do you think did those jobs “Americans will not take” before we were invaded by mexico?

        Do you mean to tell me that Americans do not want to work in the hospitality, construction,industries, (just to name a few) that illegal invaders have infiltrated and pushed American citizens out. We have over 30 million Americans out of work in this country and many would love to have a job doing anything to get back on their feet

        Please stop drinking the open borders, La Raza kool-aide.

  • The__Bobster

    A pox on Neoconnity and his “No Irish Need Apply” myth.

    We all know who signs his checks.

  • “…first secure the border, pathway to citizenship, done.”

    Sounds soooo simple. Just like when Reagan told us his amnesty would come with employee verification. Am I the only one who remembers that caveat? That didn’t work out for us did it?

    Employee verification should have made it impossible for all the illegal currently in the US to have jobs today.


    PS: I have an older computer that Microsoft can’t seem to make compatible with IE9. To post here, I now have to use Firefox. Sorry for the rant but it’s no wonder people have an intense dislike for Microsoft. Maybe I SHOULD upgrade to an Apple for my next computer. Microsoft certainly seems to want to force the hands of their users. Really, how difficult is it to add a couple lines of code to make Windows XP compatible for IE9?

  • You Are Now Enriched

    His thinking on controlling the border will also evolve.

    “A border that send the message of exclusion is an insult to America’s brown future.”

  • storibund

    Eh. Hannity’s always been a hapless, embarrassing tool. Years ago, I got the Grand Shunning from Free Republic* when I spouted this very opinion 😉

    *yeah, I know. But back then, right-leaning forums were a lot harder to come by 😉

  • Why does “securing the border” (seems like they still owe us a “secure border” from the 1986 amnesty) have to be predicated on giving some 30 million illegal invaders, who violated
    that border, amnesty? That is delusional!

  • ViktorNN

    “Securing the border” is a joke. Most illegal immigrants come as tourists and overstay the amount of time they’re allowed to be here. “Securing the border” won’t do squat.

    The only true, real way to stop illegal immigration is to make it as hard as possible for illegal immigrants to work in this country. When you hear a pol or a pundit say anything else, they’re either ignorant or trying to snow you.

    The way that most anti-illegal immigration organizations suggest severing the link between illegals and the unscrupulous businesses that hire them is through a mandatory electronic national citizenship verification system (E-Verify).

    A strong E-verify system could radically change the ability of illegals to work in this country in a short time period.

    We should have no amnesty without national mandatory E-verify, and actually, if we instituted a strong E-verify system we wouldn’t need any amnesty at all.

    Which, of course, explains why you don’t hear open-border Republicons like Sean Hannity talk about it.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    Hannity hasn’t “evolved” – he’s trying to inject a “right-wing” opinion into a left-wing zeitgeist without appearing to be “racist”. I don’t know as much about Hannity as you guys do, but his attempt at “speaking from both sides of his mouth” seems pretty cowardly.

    • Eagle_Eyed

      He just isn’t very bright. He may be a nice Irish Catholic who is actually very patriotic, socially conservative, and fiscally conservative. But to use the very contrived, relativistic phrase Obama did: (“I’ve evolved on [political topic]”) just shows he hasn’t really thought this out. He doesn’t have the acuity or intelligence.

      For one, either it is wrong for illegals to flaunt American law/sovereignty or it isn’t. No conservative should use the phrase “evolve” in describing their political beliefs. If one thinks about a topic and realizes he was wrong–he needs to say so and explain why his new position is actually the moral one (as opposed to his old one). Morality doesn’t change with time; only liberals think that.

      But secondly, when he sees the voting totals Democrats get from minorities, why is his first reaction to bring in more of them? The only logical position for a conservative to have is ending 3rd world immigration (legal and illegal) so that demographically conservative positions on other issues (social issues, the budget, national defense) can be advanced by winning elections. I hope someone in his now shrinking fan-base points this out.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    So Hannity ‘got religion’, did he?

    He is as dumb as a box of rocks if he thinks granting amnesty to 20 million new democrat voters will help out the Republican party.

    Instead, how about pushing for GOP reform?

    We could use a new Speaker of the House.


    • AmericanTaxPayerNoMore

      Dear Bon,

      I wanted to Thank You for your last post to me and let ya know, I only meant I can’t bring myself to be surrounded nor ruled by or be in the care of non-whites. I believe you die in your own house and surrounded by your own people

  • george

    The only legitimate “Pathway to Citizenship” acceptable is for them to return to country of origin and apply at the US Consulate for the proper papers. Fill them out and then wait your turn.

  • DelmarJackson

    watch hannity eveolve on immigration


  • Eagle_Eyed

    These positions only sound good to sophists like Hannity. We tried the exact same thing with Reagan in the 80s and it only compounded the problem.

    Enforcing the border/immigration is already the job of the federal government as stated by the law. We don’t need to bargain for this to get done. If “conservative” commentators spent more time holding the government’s feet to the fire and less time running away from conservative positions something might improve.

  • Let’s be clear here.

    Mr. Hannity didn’t evolve. He was TOLD to change his opinion because he has a forum that caters to conservative leaning whites.

    He was told to change his views so they can use him to convince reluctant white people that an amnesty for illegals would be good for business and better yet, Good For America.

  • mobilebay

    Another supposedly “Save America” proponent hits the dust. They’re fleeing the cause as fast as their tongues will take them.

  • Memphomaniac

    I have never been fond of Hannity, but this is insanity. No more of this surrender talk for me. I refuse to watch Hannity again in the future. …..and any other Republican who advocates national suicide through surrender to the invaders.

  • Steel_Quake77

    Forget these ‘Conservative Radio Talkers’.

    There is stronger brew out there!

    I listen to the Political Cesspool with host James Edwards instead!

    (If one absolutely must listen to these folks though, my advice would be Michael Savage because he is very right-wing on immigration and affirmative action, and also Alex Jones (seriously!). One doesn’t need to believe all the nutty theories to just listen for the suppressed news that he brings out into the open. Also AJ has been blasted by the SPLC so he must be doing something right!)

  • JohnEngelman

    Do not be surprised. The people the Republican Party really cares about want more immigrants to depress wages and raise profits.

  • I’ve evolved: Whenever I hear Hannity burbling his tripe on the radio or television, I’m changing the channel.

  • seek

    It’s almost axiomatic: The higher the “conservative” media star’s public profile, the safer on the National Question he or she will be. In this, Hannity is no different from Rush, Beck, Levin, Palin, Malkin, O’Reilly, Breitbart, Coulter, Ingraham or any other publicity-hungry hustler. He delights in baiting “liberals,” but chatters with fear over making any stray comment that could be construed as “racist.” It’s all about money, fame and preaching to the converted.

    Sean Hannity, in a sense, epitomizes the hopeless irrelevance of Red State conservatism. All these types promote a glitzed-up, maudlin, quasi-religious deracinated Tea Party fervor. But when it comes to issues upon which our nation’s survival depends, he’s MIA all the way. In short, he’s an intellectual and moral midget compared to the late Sam Francis or Sam Huntington.

  • anarchyst

    Mr. Hannity’s pandering to “all things Israel” is sickening. Not too long ago a caller to Mr. Hannity’s radio show asked a question about Israel’s deliberate attack on the USS Liberty. Mr. Hannity huffed and puffed about”poor little Israel” and how Israel could not be held responsible for the attack. That was the last of Hannity for me. . .

  • StillModerated

    Cut off all the gimmedats and the illegal invaders won’t be able to jump those border fences fast enough. Picture this: cut rate, one-way cruises to Monrovia, the crown jewel of West Africa!

  • Liberalsuck

    This is why I am never voting for a Republican again. They are a bunch of pussies anymore.

  • Hannity’s house is not in a neighborhood where 2-3 Hispanic families live (I did until the city enforced the zoning laws) and probably has a Hispanic housekeeping staff. His kids probably does not go to public schools. When he goes to Manhattan from Long Island, he does not stop in Queens, nor dare go up to the Bronx.

  • ujjwal

    It is all about being in power, philosophy and policies seems to change accordingly.