Mr. O’Reilly wants “undocumented aliens (to) earn their citizenship over an extended period of time.”
They should FIRST EARN their citizenship and then be GRANTED their citizenship as has been the policy in the past regarding immigrants.
When you give the reward FIRST, and then ask for the earning part, the person has no incentive to do the earning. If they don’t “earn” their citizenship, are we going to send them back? Of course not. If we didn’t send them back when they were illegal, we’re not going to do so after they BECOME legal.
The only time you give someone something FIRST, and then ask for payment (or in this case “earning”) is when you can repossess the prize if they don’t fulfill their part of the deal, as when someone buys a car or a home.
Giving illegal aliens the reward first and then asking them to earn something they already possess is setting the whole system up to fail. It will also create a HUGE amount of resentment among taxpayers who get duped which will generate a whole new wave of racial tension in this country. Just what we need.