We could find homes for 50,000 refugee children on our borders— good homes, all over the country, in red states and blue states alike.

It was digby who alerted me to this item about George Will's Sunday appearance on Chris Wallace's show on Fox.

Here are his own words:

We ought to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America, you’re going to go to school, and get a job, and become American.'
The idea that we can’t assimilate these 8-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous.
We’ve handled what Emma Lazarus called the ‘wretched refuse of your teeming shore’ a long time ago, and a lot more people than this.
Give credit where due. Will has been a legitimate target of criticism on many issues, including climate change and sexual violence. But when someone of his prominence bucks the movement and unashamedly advocates the right course, it is a legitimate occasion for praise.

And of course, he's taking heat for it. Here's digby:

Let's just say they treated Will like a dotty old auntie who simply didn't know what he was saying. Dana Perino said she admired him for "speaking his mind" but added that it's easy for someone standing on the sidelines to have such opinions. It's different when you have to be elected. (She neglected to add "by selfish assholes ...") The rest of the panel just yelled "get in line!!!" you're "illegal" as if sending refugee kids back to their violent cities to be tortured and/or killed to "wait their turn" makes any sense.
I've been feeling for some time that this is a failure of imagination on the part of the country as a whole. I have no doubt that as a whole this group would be a great addition to our citizenry.

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