In his Talking Points Memo tonight, Bill O’Reilly reacted to federal immigration officials arresting more than 600 people across at least 11 states last week, and how the story has been covered by the mainstream media.   O’Reilly explained that the coordinated raids targeted illegal immigrants who had committed crimes in the U.S., mostly felonies.
He noted that 75 percent of those taken into custody had convictions, including homicide and rape, and many of the arrested non-felons were associating with the criminals.   “But those facts have largely gone unreported by the American press and by the radical left, which is actively misleading you,” O’Reilly said.   He pointed to hysterical headlines, like Immigrant Community on High Alert, Fearing Trump’s ‘Deportation Force’ and “The Trump Deportation Regime Has Begun.”
“That’s not press bias. That’s blatant dishonesty,” O’Reilly said. “The illegal immigration issue has been set up by the media to demonize Mr. Trump as a racist and a brutalizer of the poor.”   He said if the federal government cannot remove people here illegally who commit serious crimes, then we do not have an effective federal government.   “Yet the far left and the press, knowing full well that the ICE raids last week were directed at dangerous people, chose not to report that, instead smearing President Trump. We have now reached a low point in American journalism.”