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THE topic: American lives snuffed out by illegal aliens.

The forum: The ubiquitous, Fox News, dual-perspective panel that never fails to dim debate.

Arguing in favor of letting potential killers come: Geraldo Rivera, a former daytime talk-show, bosom buddy of Sean Hannity, and a permanent fixture on Fox.

The Rivera “argument”: That some criminal aliens kill is incidental and immaterial to their status as uninvited, unvetted interlopers.

Here are some of the stories Geraldo dismisses as anecdotes sensationalized:

The latest in a string of bereaved parents to appear on TV are the parents of young Pierce Corcoran, 22, killed by Franco Cambrany Francisco-Eduardo (44), recipient of the U.S. Professional Drunk-Driver Immigration Visa. And in 2012, a man named Ramon Hernandez took the tiniest of victims. Dimitri Smith, of blessed memory, was killed in-utero by this recipient of the same visa. The deceased preemie was shown on CNN, in 2012, being held for the last time by young mother Aileen Smith, before being laid to rest.

“In the last two years,” said a solemn President Trump, in his Jan. 8 address from the Oval Office, “ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings. Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country and thousands more lives will be lost if we don’t act right now.”

It seems crystal clear that, were it not for Geraldo’s plucky, uninvited visitors—more American than a lot of Americans, sneered Comrade Ocasio-Cortez—there would likely be 100,000 fewer assaults in America, 30,000 fewer sex crimes in America, and 4,000 fewer murders in America.

It seems perfectly clear that young Pierce Corcoran would be alive, if not for a bad hombre who had no business being in the country.

Clear to you and me, but not to “brother” Rivera (Mr. Hannity’s appellation for this idiot).

With the same logical illiteracy that has been given sanctuary and sinecure on Fox News, Mr. Rivera proceeded to make his “case”:

“I would feel equally pained,” he roared, “were the killer Irish, Italian, Puerto Ricans or Jewish, young or old.”

Could a killer illegal alien be “Irish, Italian, Puerto Ricans or Jewish, old or young”? Certainly. But these categories are irrelevant and superfluous to the central point. Rivera is mixing it up; mixing logical categories to the point of moral incoherence.

This studied stupidity led Rivera, in short succession, to his next point: American lives lost and recounted “sensationally” on television were “anecdotes.”

To be charitable, Geraldo here is following his own breaking-eggs-for-omelets argument—and it is that, since the murderers are statistical outliers, the murders they commit are the exception to the rule in what is an exceptional immigrant community.

The logic doesn’t add up, but the numbers of the dead do—each life lost is precious. Each loss comes with a world of hurt that never heals.

Death by illegal alien is not about group crime aggregates, as Geraldo contends. (In particular, his contention that illegal aliens commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans, therefore, let them come.)

Wrong. Death by illegal alien is about this life-cherishing, immutable logic:

If alien X HAD BEEN REMOVED from the U.S., as the law dictates, innocent American Y WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY.

What Geraldo continues to claim is that the value of the community from which alien X hails cancels out the value of the life of Y, an innocent, American individual. The same goes for the 4000 lives lost and counted by the president.

My guess? If the individuals snuffed out by illegal aliens belonged to Geraldo Rivera, Rivera would lose his callous calculus.

The argument made by open-immigration fundamentalists, left and establishment right—from Tamar Jacoby to Geraldo Rivera—is that the illegality of the perp is irrelevant to the crime.

These advocates have routinely dismissed as redundant to the facts of the case the illegal status of “Carlos Martinelly-Montano, 23, whose Aug. 1 collision, in 2011, in Prince William, seriously injured two Benedictine nuns and killed a third, Sister Denise Mosier, 66, all of Richmond.”


Again: For this kind of conceit to fly, open-border fetishists would have to show that had Bob Clark’s killer (whose identity is still zealously guarded by media) been deported or jailed, his victims would have nevertheless suffered the same fate at the hands of another drunk driver (murderer, child molester, etc.)—a truly fanciful idea.

In case you don’t know, Bob Clark directed one of the most delightful, and most American, films ever made, “A Christmas Story.” He and his 24-year-old son would probably be alive today if not for a drunk, unlicensed, illegal alien careening down Pacific Coast Highway

As to Geraldo. He has been assaulting sensibilities for over a decade on the same Fox News shows, having modified his “argument” only slightly over time.

“It’s not an illegal alien story; it’s a drunk driving story,” he once asserted on “The Factor,” following the slaying of an innocent American in an oh-so familiar way.

Then as now, Geraldo was serious, although, then as now, he should not be taken seriously.

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She is the author of “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook, Gab & YouTube

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  1. We are all collateral damage. Look at the video below of the Hispanic Whore Narvarro of CNN filing her nails while this guy talks about illegal crime. The little bastard Jeff Zucker who runs this whorehouse of a network should be fired but he won’t because this all part of the Jewish plan of destruction. Could you imagine if this were white pundit doing this and black had been murdered?

  2. tomfcreo says:

    I’ve been waiting for more mainstream commentators to make this argument, this horrific calculus.

    I’ve been making a similar argument to friends and family and online for a little while, but mainly focusing on the horrific “rape” calculus to really get their almonds humming.

    E.g. “So you’re supporting immigration of groups that are empirically known to commit disproportionately more rape than our citizens? Why are you promoting and enabling the rape of more of our girls and women in future? Why do you want to increase the chance that my daughter gets raped in future?”

    An alternative I’ve been considering is to demand that they chose a number or a %-increase, of how many more of our women they would find it acceptable to suffer rape on some future timescale, and then offer to calculate backwards to estimate the level of immigration we take that is predicted to approximately result in those additional rapes of our women who otherwise wouldn’t suffer rape. Of course, if I’m ever asked what my number is, my response will be “My number is zero. F*ck You. That’s my number.”

  3. (((Geraldo Rivera)))

    Jewish in maternal line,

    thus: Jew.


    somehow the (((Issacson)))-Mercer failed to mention this.

  4. Realist says:

    Rivera has always been a dumb bastard. You do know he is Jewish?

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  5. imbroglio says:

    These illegal aliens are all Jewish. 90% of Latin America is Jewish. 80% of the Arab world is Jewish as are most Persians including the ayatollahs. Wasn’t Ahmedinijab Jewish? He came right out and said so. The Jews have re-populated Europe to the extent that seven out of ten Poles and 8.5 of all Roumanians are Jewish as are 60% of Hungarians who, like the Finns, are Jewish anyway. It’s long been known that Putin is a Jew. So is Macron. Check his mother out.

    You probably know about the Shanghai Jewish community made up of escapees from Nazi Germany (Heydrich, Milch, Kesselring, Ribbentrop, all Jews.) Where do think China’s president was hatched? And you know that the Saxe-Coburg line from whom the current Queen of England comes is descended from the Rothschilds. Heck, King Carlos of Spain is proud of his Jewish ancestry as is King Odo of Zambia, descended from the true Jews of Ethiopia.

    You know who isn’t Jewish? Ilana Mercer. She’s Portuguese and claims Jewish descent only to get Ron Unz, another Jew, to publish her stuff.

  6. How many white South Africans dead by the overthrow of apartheid? (((Mercer))) and her rabbi father’s anti-apartheid work made many Afrikaners anecdotes.

  7. @Realist

    He’s also black. His father was a light-skinned, black Puerto Rican.

  8. @imbroglio

    generally, this sort of hasbara stuff pays $2.39 per comment. But

    imbroglio’s zio-claptrap comes cut-rate @ $1.99

    • LOL: apollonian
  9. Binyamin says:

    Illogical, hysterical article by a hate filled racialist. While demonising immigrants, Mercer conceals that she herself is a beneficiary of America’s dysfunctional immigration system. South Africa, unlike say Mexico, does not have historical links with America. Therefore, using her own logic Mercer should not be living in America.
    Logically speaking- tens of millions of people have emigrated to USA since the second world war, therefore statistically some will commit murder, rape and other serious crimes like any other group. Her argument is as irrational as saying that southern whites are a health and safety hazard because a disproportionate amount of mass shootings are carried out by them.
    The tiny handful of readers of her diatribes ought to know that Mercer is a professional serial immigrant, having lived in around half a dozen countries. In most ways she is the worst kind of immigrant. She has an inflated sense of entitlement and plays the race card by screaming anti semitism to explain her failure to succeed as a journalist in America. Yet paradoxically because of her extremist world view, she hangs out with people who are the genuine anti semites.
    Yes, America’s immigration system requires urgent overhaul. It is up to rational Americans to achieve this using a bi-partisan approach. A foreigner like Mercer who is a beneficiary of the existing system has no business lecturing and demonising people who are after all her fellow immigrants.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  10. Ilana:

    You really wanna help?

    Give us some insider insight into the Jewish fingerprints on White genocide in South Africa.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  11. MarkinLA says:

    It is up to rational Americans to achieve this using a bi-partisan approach.

    “Bi-partisan” as in amnesty, no thanks.

  12. @Pat Kittle

    Whilst a small minority of South African Jews did involve themselves in Communist terrorism, the vast majority of South African Jews, whilst supporting parties opposed to apartheid, privately wanted apartheid to continue forever. They were not significant in any way.
    Why the South African Government of the time ceded power to Bantu barbarians is still not entirely clear. You can cite Western political pressure as the main reason. However, even in the early 1980s, informed observers like the Royal Geographical Society were predicting the partition of South Africa into White and non-White states. Why the South African Government had no partition plan, I have often wondered about. Even if they had to incorporate Cape Coloureds into a new White State in the Cape, it would have been infinitely safer for white people and better governed than what exists in South Africa now.
    In conclusion, the Jews in South Africa were an obnoxious, but insignificant minority. It was the last White Government that failed and betrayed its constituents – literally.
    PS where’s PJ van der Byl when you need him. Or even jilles dykstra

    • Replies: @Haxo Angmark
  13. @imbroglio

    “The Jews have re-populated Europe to the extent that seven out of ten Poles and 8.5 of all Roumanians are Jewish as are 60% of Hungarians who, like the Finns, are Jewish anyway.”

    Insanity at its finest. This complete bullshit is so left field, so typical bolshevik, it’s so sour and bitter.
    So, all those countries are 60% or more jewish, but here in US jews are less than 1%. Hmmm…
    Personally, I believe ALL the statistics about demographics are lying.
    Example: Muslims are having 8.6 children compared to Europeans less than 2. Except, 1 man has 5 kids with 8 women…

    Well, let’s change the table a bit. Why are we, Europeans, so hated? We must be pretty awesome, actually, for other people to envy us and our countries. For other people to realize, thanks to movies and so on, that their countries are shitholes that will never change, so they pack their bags, or not, and just get in, no matter how, legal or not. But, since they’re just stupid, then demand that we change or accommodate their way of life, which, if we do, will change our countries in a shithole.

  14. @Verymuchalive

    no, verymuchalive:

    SA Jews, from Joe Slovo down through Rabbi Issacson and Ilana herself

    were the leading edge of the anti-apartheid movement and downfall of the White regime.

    so much so that various other Black Aftrican sinkholes

    have issued whole sets of postage stamps commemorating these very Jews.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  15. @Haxo Angmark

    The Jewish Communists, the ANC and the Anti Apartheid Movement were of little significance in ending White Rule in South Africa. It was the Last White Government which handed power over to the Bantu and betrayed its constituents.
    Likewise, in the West, it has been essentially White Governments that have been importing ever greater numbers of 3rd World immigrants and enforcing multiculturalism and political correctness. They have betrayed their peoples. The tide is now turning, but it is late in the day.
    As to Apartheid in South Africa itself, by the early 1970s if not earlier, it had failed. It was letting increasing numbers of Bantus into White areas of the Cape, where historically they had never been. The case for a rigid racial partition of South Africa should have been obvious then. Failure to implement such a policy has resulted in the White population being placed in very serious danger.

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