Conservative pundit George Will yesterday said that the U.S. should welcome the illegal immigrant children into the nation.

“I think we ought to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America. You’re going to go to school and get a job and become Americans,’" he said on “Fox News Sunday," explaining that the number of illegal immigrant children that have recently crossed into the U.S. equate to 20 children per county.

He continued, “The idea that we can’t assimilate these 8-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous.”

Mary Katherine Ham and Juan Williams were on “The Factor,” where they debated Will’s stance with Bill O’Reilly.


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Ham said that policy doesn’t deal with the many immigrants who will continue to come in.

O’Reilly noted that 50 percent of immigrant families are receiving entitlements from the American taxpayers.

“We support the elderly, we support our veterans, and I think these children, as George Will said […] he said on the Statue of Liberty, it says, ‘We can handle your teeming masses, yearning to be free,’” Williams said.

“All of the world, we’ll handle everybody’s teeming masses, that’s just insane,” O’Reilly fired back.


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While people want compassion for the children who are here, O’Reilly said Williams is “dodging the unintended consequences of an open border.”

“You are an open border guy,” O’Reilly said to Williams.

Watch the fiery debate above.