Bill O’Reilly Throws A Hissy Fit After San Francisco Official Blasts Fox News (VIDEO)

Bill O’Reilly whined like a toddler when a San Francisco official called out Fox News and conservatives during a unanimous vote to keep the city’s sanctuary ordinance.

When the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in support of remaining a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants who have done nothing wrong, it was a direct middle finger to Fox News and conservatives. How do we know that? Because Supervisor Malia Cohen called out Fox News and “hateful” conservatives during the meeting, and that made O’Reilly’s little brain explode.

“We cannot allow one event to dictate 25 years of our city’s policies towards undocumented immigrants in our city,” Cohen said, referring to the murder of Kathryn Steinle this past July by multiple-time boarder crosser Francisco Sanchez. Ever since the murder, Fox News and conservatives have taken advantage of the tragedy to attack San Francisco and push their racist anti-immigration agenda.

That’s why Cohen also smacked them down during the vote.

“And more importantly, we cannot allow hateful conservative news stations to drive how we respond to incidents in our city. I’m not afraid of Fox News and they don’t influence how I make my policy decisions here in San Francisco. We can talk all we want about improving public safety in this building, but if people in our community don’t trust law enforcement, no level of police staffing is going to make our community safe.”

And that was enough for Bill O’Reilly to start throwing a temper tantrum complete with calling for Cohen’s arrest by federal authorities.

“Let me be very clear,” O’Reilly began. “That woman is a disgrace, and if I were the attorney general of the United States, I would immediately place her under arrest. I might not win the case, but I would send a message to all subversive office holders in this country, that if you do not obey federal law, you yourself will be prosecuted.”

Here’s the video via Media Matters.

Of course, Bill O’Reilly is once again wrong about San Francisco policy. The fact is that O’Reilly is wrong about San Francisco violating federal law. ‘Says who?’ you might ask. Well, Media Matters did the research and it extensively blows O’Reilly and his claim out of the water. What follows is a short sample of what Media Matters found.

1. The Congressional Research Service found that sanctuary cities do not conflict with federal requirements in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), the “primary federal restrictions on state and local sanctuary policies.” Notably, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agrees that “Congress cannot directly compel states to collect and share information regarding immigration status with federal immigration authorities.”

2. Law professor Bill Ong Hing pointed out to Media Matters that sanctuary cities are constitutional “as long as sanctuary communities that choose not to ask about immigration status do not bar volunteer communications and follow other federal requirements of cooperation.” He also pointed out that what these cities are doing is especially consistent with the 10th Amendment that right-wingers are always raving about.

3. Even San Francisco law clearly states that city policy does not trump federal law. According to the city sanctuary ordinance, “[n]o department, agency, commission, officer or employee of the City and County of San Francisco shall use any City funds or resources to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration law or to gather or disseminate information regarding the immigration status of individuals in the City and County of San Francisco unless such assistance is required by federal or State statute, regulation or court decision.”

In short, Bill O’Reilly is making a false claim when he says that San Francisco is violating federal law by remaining a sanctuary city. He’s just pissed that San Francisco refused to cave in to the childish demands of conservatives like himself. Bill O’Reilly claims to just be a commentator, but he’s nothing more than a bully who wants federal authorities to persecute people who stand up to him.

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