At the end of a segment Wednesday afternoon regarding the crisis at America’s border with Mexico, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield attempted to preemptively ward off any potential accusation of bias by explaining her perspective on the issue.
After thanking her guest Wendy Young for the work she’s doing on behalf of undocumented children, Banfield told anyone about to tweet her saying she thinks there’s nothing wrong with illegal immigration to “stop right there.”
“If you’ve ever been in a war zone, and I have, and I have seen refugees pouring over borders, half their families murdered, the other half tortured, they’re running for their lives, many of them women and children, it is devastating. It’s devastating,” an impassioned Banfield said, before speaking directly to those who have getting on buses to the border to protest arriving immigrants.
“And God help if you’re ever in need of help and you show up and there’s a bus telling you to get out,” she said. “This is America.“
While a handful of people on Twitter still took the opportunity to attack Banfield for her supposedly pro-illegal immigration stance…
@CNNAshleigh PLEASE STOP WITH the "REFUGEE" ANGLE. We HAVE GANG KILLINGS IN the U.S. NOBODY CARES ABOUT THAT. MISS BLEEDING HEART! LIBERAL
— NNNNNNNNNNNNN (@sweet_revenge3) July 9, 2014
@CNNAshleigh who gives a shit if they live in a shitty country.. It doesn't give them the right to get a free pass to our country.
— christopher lewin (@clewin20) July 9, 2014
@CNNAshleigh Then feel free to spend YOUR money on the illegals since you think it's okay.
— Tomorrow Perhaps ® ™ (@TexasBeth2) July 9, 2014
…far more people praised her for sticking up for those undocumented children caught in the middle of this political battle:
— Sally Gardner (@newt50) July 9, 2014
@CNNAshleigh these dummies protesting the refugees from Central America don't even understand the issues, just parroting GOP radio
— The Average BlackMan (@TheAvgBlackMan) July 9, 2014
~ Thanks for a sunbeam of humanity.
— EarthBuzz (@earthbuzz1) July 9, 2014
— Alec Piliafas (@apiliafas) July 9, 2014
Ashleigh Banfield is dropping some knowledge on the "immigration crisis" right now.
— Kevin Danna (@kevo408) July 9, 2014
@CNNAshleigh thank you so much for your reporting on immigration. I don't understand when land became more important than life.
— Garrett White (@garrettchrist) July 9, 2014
— Jacob Stone (@Spaghetti_Sauce) July 9, 2014
@CNNAshleigh way to go. Amazing words about the humanitarian crisis at the border.
— Leonor Suárez (@LeonorSuarez) July 9, 2014
@CNNAshleigh I love the coverage your show is doing of the immigration crisis in the US ! Your passion is unparalleled!
— Johnny (@JohnnyXtinian) July 9, 2014
@CNNAshleigh thank you for your "read what we're about" comment re: illegal immigration. Bravo to you for reminding people what we stand for
— Michael DeVellis (@michaeldevellis) July 9, 2014
@CNNAshleigh Thank you for your passionate stance on immigration!! Many forget this nation was forged by people leaving persecution!!!
— Vernice Bennett (@Mvbennett26) July 9, 2014
— Deyvid Morales ™ (@deyvidmorales) July 9, 2014
— Jake Chiarelli (@ChiaJake) July 9, 2014
Watch video below, via CNN:
[h/t Daily Banter]
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