In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly remarked on a New York Times story that said humanitarian aid should be given to about 50,000 kids who have illegally entered the United States since last fall, plus the hundreds more who come in each day.

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O’Reilly said that liberal America is trying to convince us that poor immigrants are freeing economic oppression. While accepting poor people who are fleeing chaotic governments is a hallmark of America, O’Reilly said, “The harsh reality is we cannot support all the world’s poor, it is impossible.”

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“The Factor” host noted that some on the left have wanted open borders for years, but that would break the U.S. financially. He said that many of these children and their parents can’t speak English, have little education and few skills. They can’t compete in the U.S., and O’Reilly said it will take decades for them to become self-sufficient.

“So we are creating an underclass of people totally dependent on American taxpayers, who are already under siege from every direction,” he said.

“The immigration crisis could very well damage the entire infrastructure of America,” he said. “There’s no question about it.”

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Kirsten Powers and Monica Crowley responded to the Talking Points Memo tonight. Powers said we should take care of any child that comes into the United States.

“We cannot afford to do this,” O’Reilly told her.

“I’ve never heard you say that we can’t afford to invade Iraq,” Powers fired back.

Watch the memo and debate above.