MADD about Immigration?

April 9, 2007 | | Comments Off on MADD about Immigration?

Bill O’Reilly and Geraldo Rivera got into a shouting match on television last week. It was very loud, and quite heated.

“This is the courtroom scene from ‘A Few Good Men’ after a case of Red Bull with the volume knob cranked to 11,” said Matthew Felling, an analyst with the Center for Media and Public Affairs. “Add to that the surreality of Geraldo being the voice of reason, and it’s the oddest video you’ll watch a dozen times.”

The issue they were debating was whether or not the immigration status of a drunk driver should have come into play following an accident he caused that killed two teenage girls. The accident happened about 50 miles away from William & Mary, in Virginia Beach, VA.

Rivera emphasized that this is a tragic drunk driving story and has nothing to do with immigration. Bill O’Reilly used it as an opportunity to call Rivera an anarchist who wants “open borders”, as well as calling for the head of police and the mayor of Virginia Beach to be fired.

Later on his program, O’Reilly told the father and sister of one of the teenagers, “The authorities in your town would not obey the law, defied the law of the land and somebody needs to be held accountable sir. I want you to keep in touch with us. We’re gonna get the mayor, Oberndorf and the judge, Whitehurst, because they’re the villains.”

Mayor Meyera Oberndorf, who was the first woman elected to public office in Virginia Beach and has served as a popularly elected mayor since 1988, insists that immigration reform is a federal job. Virginia Beach Police Chief Jake Jacocks reemphasized that his officers’ policy does not call for the questioning of immigration status unless it’s a serious circumstance, such as a felony. Governor Tim Kaine had a spokesperson confirm that this job is supposed to be handled at the federal level.

In 2005, 322 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Virginia.

Immigration reform is unrelated.

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