One of the hottest topics in recent political discourse has been immigration. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was part of a government shutdown just weeks ago over the failure to include a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) resolution in the last continuing resolution budget agreement.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took to the House floor Wednesday to deliver a record-breaking eight-hour speech demanding legislation to protect the undocumented children who were brought into the country when their parents immigrated illegally.
The topic came up on ABC’s “The View,” as the ladies spoke with outspoken Trump-supporter, actor and model Antonio Sabàto Jr., who is Czech and Italian, immigrating to the United States (legally) with his parents when he was just 12 years old.
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Regular host Sunny Hostin was critical of Sabàto’s position on immigration — mainly because he supports President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall:
“Let me ask you another thing that is difficult for me to understand. We’ve talked about your family having to hide their identity during the Holocaust in Czechoslovakia, and we’ve talked about the fact that you came here at 12 years old from Italy speaking no English, and this country embraced you.
You call yourself an immigrant, but you’re in favor of the wall being built, being paid for by the American people and keeping other immigrants out of the country much like yourself.”
Joy Behar even suggested that, if American immigration policy had always been what Trump advocates, Sabàto’s family might not have been allowed into the country: “If they felt that way when your family was coming over here you would still be in Italy.”
Behar went on to point out that a wall might not work or even be viewed as a waste of money because a large part of the immigration problem revolves around visa overstays as well, saying, “People who are coming in even legally or illegally are flying in, they’re not jumping over a wall … And you think this wall is going to do it [protect the American people]?”
Sabàto was not deterred, and he quickly delivered the following response: “It’s done it for Israel. Mexico has got a wall. Why can’t we?”
Behar, visibly taken aback, struggled to turn the conversation back to the cost of the wall — but Sabàto was ready for that, too: “We spend $100 billion on immigration every year. The wall would cost probably less than $20 billion. We would save a lot of money.”