Fox News contributor George Will shocked Chris Wallace when he told “Fox News Sunday” that the U.S. should "welcome" unaccompanied migrant children because the “idea that we can’t assimilate these eight-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous.”
“My view is that we ought to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America, you’re going to go to school and get a job and become Americans,’” Will said.
“We have 3,141 counties in this country,” he continued. “That would be 20 per county. The idea that we can’t assimilate these eight-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous.”
"We’re going to get tons of email saying, 'This guy doesn’t understand the border. Why should we be dealing with Central America’s problem? We can’t import the problem, they’ve got to deal with it there and our border has to mean something,'" Wallace countered.
“We can handle this problem,” Will said assuredly. “We’ve handled what Emma Lazarus [an American poet from the 1800s] famously called ‘the wretched refuse of your teeming shores’ a long time ago and a lot more people than this.”
“Long term the most effective legislation, Chris, passed concerning immigration wasn’t an immigration bill at all. It was Bill Clinton’s greatest act – the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which put the Mexican economy on the road to prosperity. We need to do something similar for the nations from which these children as fleeing," Will said.
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