FOX News' Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera get in a heated argument over family seperation at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"We can't condone this," Geraldo said. "The Republicans are the party of faith. Nobody condones it."
"When did we become the party of child abuse?" he asked.
Rivera told Hannity that "history will judge us."
Full transcript, via FOX News:
SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS: The president said we don't want that earlier today, talking about the need for new immigration laws to end the crippling loopholes.
Here with reaction, Judicial Watch director of investigations, Chris Ferrell, the author of the bestseller "The Geraldo Show," Fox News correspondent at large, Geraldo Rivera. Geraldo, the Democrats, we just heard Ed Henry's report. The Democrats have a deal, a DACA fix, and they've had a fix on separation for kids, and Schumer's answer is no. Why, because he wants it for politics. They're playing politics. Fix the law and do your job. That's for both sides. You support the compromise.
GERALDO RIVERA, CORRESPONDENT AT LARGE, FOX NEWS: Be that, Sean, be that as it may, be that as it may, politics aside--
HANNITY: But be that as it may, they can fix it tomorrow, Geraldo.
RIVERA: This is cruelty as policy. This is an obscenity. This is in the government of the United States and the president that we both love, advocating a system by which young children are torn from their mother.
HANNITY: Geraldo, you have agreed with me.
RIVERA: History will judge us, Sean. History will judge us. We must take a stand on something.
HANNITY: But Geraldo, I agree. I don't want to -- let me be clear.
RIVERA: Here's where we draw the line.
HANNITY: I want no separation. The president and you supported him, offered a DACA fix and a fix on this law as horrible as it is, immediately he'll sign it. And he gets--
RIVERA: No matter what the president has done or will say, this is the only thing people are thinking about. This is getting more attention than Korea. This is getting more attention--
HANNITY: But it can be fixed tomorrow.
RIVERA: -- than the trade wars with China. This is all 2,300 children have been torn from their parents forcibly. These are little babies, 18 months old. These are 10-year-olds with disabilities.
HANNITY: All right. Chris, let's bring you, Chris.
RIVERA: They're taken from their parents. This is impossible.
RIVERA: We can't condone this. The Republicans are the party of faith. Nobody condones it.
RIVERA: When did we become the party of child abuse?
HANNITY: Nobody condone it, that's the point. It can be fix tomorrow.
RIVERA: When do we take care of this?
HANNITY: Fix the law, take the DACA deal.
RIVERA: He doesn't need a law. He can--
HANNITY: (Inaudible) fix deal and fund the wall so it end the problem long term.
RIVERA: He implemented this, he implemented this, Sean, on May 7th--
HANNITY: Let me go to Chris.
RIVERA: -- he can discontinue it tonight. And I hope he does.
CHRIS FERRELL, INVESTIGATIVE DIRECTOR, JUDICIAL WATCH: Sean, the demagoguery and the virtue posturing are repulsive. This has been a problem that's been in existence for literally decades. The fact that the president wishes to enforce the law shouldn't shock anyone.
There's also a legal case, a contempted (Ph) Korean, the called Flores v. Reno, which favors constrains and restricts ICE and border patrol from doing their jobs. It's not simply a matter of statute that needs reworked. There's case law that also constrains the situation. It can be fixed, it should be fixed.
But look, anyone who is getting historical over children being separated from their parents needs to realize--
RIVERA: This is not hysterical.
FERRELL: -- that they are criminals.
RIVERA: This is not hysteria. This is not hysterical.
FERRELL: They are criminals -- keep screaming, Geraldo.
RIVERA: This is child abuse. How dare you! How dare you!
HANNITY: Let me -- Geraldo, let me reason to my friend here. Geraldo -- Geraldo, would you support this.
FERRELL: There are criminals that are exploiting children. That's a fact.
HANNITY: Geraldo, will you -- will you support this. And emergency session of Congress, take the DACA, take the separation fix, take the funding of the wall, and both houses do their job and the president signs it. It can happen tomorrow. Do you support that?
RIVERA: I agree, but before tomorrow, tonight, the president should end this policy.
HANNITY: Tonight? But you are not answering my question.
RIVERA: The United States cannot condone child abuse.
HANNITY: How about (Inaudible) trying to do their jobs. Don't play politics either here. You cannot be that naive in this case.
RIVERA: There are 2,300 babies without their mother tonight.
FERRELL: Sean, you have to order law enforcement not to do their job.
HANNITY: All right.
RIVERA: You know, just because you don't have sincere emotions don't say I don't.
HANNITY: All right.
FERRELL: Well, it doesn't need to go over the edge into hysteria.