O'Reilly agreed that illegal immigrants' "third-world value system ... can corrupt the education system"
On the January 16 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly  agreed with a caller's assertion that illegal immigrants "bring corrupting influences" to the United States, including "a third-world value system" that "can corrupt the education system." O'Reilly replied: "Absolutely. And that's why the dropout rate is so high."
O'Reilly went on to claim that "[i]f you say, 'F you,' to a teacher in Mexico, that teacher can go out and beat the hell out of you -- and worse, if you do it in El Salvador [or] Nicaragua. ...You disrespect a teacher down there, you're gonna be bleeding." While Mexico  and Nicaragua  reportedly do not ban corporal punishment in schools outright, "[c]orporal punishment is prohibited in schools" in El Salvador "by article 90 of the General Law on Education," according to the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children .
From the January 16 edition of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:
CALLER: A lot has changed, and, you know, I think money and freedom can be corrupting to certain people, and if they come here and have a decent job and make more money and certainly have more freedom, they can be corrupted. But they also bring corrupting influences, too, like a third-world value system, which may not place much value on education, that can corrupt the education system.
O'REILLY: Absolutely. And that's why the dropout rate is so high. But let me just make one point: If you say "F you," to a teacher in Mexico, that teacher can go out and beat the hell out of you -- and worse, if you do it in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and those places. So, those kids would never dare, because there's no, like, rules down there. You disrespect a teacher down there, you're gonna be bleeding. We'll be right back.