Brett Samuels, The Hill, August 9, 2018
Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday lamented that the “America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” because of demographic changes in the country that she blamed on illegal and legal immigration.
Ingraham was reacting to comments from House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who described in a recent podcast interview the way the country has changed over the past few decades, including the decline of the upper-middle class.
“She’s kind of right in a general sense,” Ingraham said after mocking Ocasio-Cortez’s comments.
“In some parts of the country it does seem like the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” Ingraham continued. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like.
Ingraham went on to argue that Democrats oppose enforcing immigration laws, which is harming the country. She called for improved border security, the end of sanctuary city policies and the closure of immigration loopholes.
Ingraham’s comments quickly went viral on social media, with some reporters and pundits accusing her of using white nationalist rhetoric.
Ingraham praised Trump in her remarks for bringing out “uncomfortable” truths about the country. She also said it was time for Congress to take action on immigration.
“This is a national emergency and he must demand that Congress act now. There is something slipping away in this country and it’s not about race or ethnicity. It’s what was once a common understanding by both parties that American citizenship is a privilege, and one that at a minimum requires respect for the rule of law and loyalty to our constitution.”