When iconic conservative columnist George Will gave his thoughts on the influx of Central American children streaming into the U.S., he left “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace struggling for words to respond.
“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 on the Sunday morning show. “We have 3,141 counties in this country. That would be 20 [children] per county. The idea that we can’t assimilate these 8-year-old ‘criminals’ with their teddy bears is preposterous.”
Wallace stammered as he interjected that he predicted viewers would write in and criticize Will’s position.
“We can handle this problem,” Will said. “We’ve handled what Emma Lazarus famously called ‘the wretched refuse of your teeming shores’ a long time ago and [it was] a lot more people than this.”
Will added that, in his long-term view, the U.S. needs to find ways to alleviate violence and generate economic opportunities in Central America to stem illegal immigration at the source, in the way that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) helped create economic opportunity in Mexico.
He also said Americans need to stop using the drugs that fund the cartel violence in Central America.