Robert Knight

Attention, illegal immigrant children, gang members and drug smugglers who are still pouring over the border into Texas:

If you’re looking for a place to stay while President Obama figures out a way to turn you all into welfare-dependent Democrats, I have just the place. Actually, several.

First, head for San Francisco. It’s beautiful this time of year. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) recently proclaimed in Texas that not only was the border between Mexico and the United States meaningless (“It’s a community with a border running through it”) but that she wishes she could take all the immigrant children home with her.

Take her up on it! Show up by the thousands at her posh San Francisco home and see how she and her neighbors like what Arizona and Texas are experiencing on a daily basis.

Should Mrs. Pelosi decline to house you, head for Maryland. It’s only about 2,800 miles from Frisco, and you can take Route 50 the entire way to Ocean City. Maryland calls itself America in Miniature, since it has a bit of everything: seashore, mountains, major league sports teams, farmlands, one big city (Baltimore), driver’s licenses and in-state college tuition for illegals, and a Democratic political machine that is gerrymandering the state so that no pocket of conservative resistance remains. It doesn’t call itself “The Free State” for nothing, so come get free stuff while you can.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has rolled out the welcome mat to any and all who manage to break the law and enter the United States illegally. He has even sharply rebuked the Obama Administration for suggesting that maybe, perhaps, probably, sort of, the U.S. should shorten waits for deportation hearings.

It gave Gov. O’Malley – a presidential contender in 2016 if he can get to the left of Hillary Clinton and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren – an opening to appear compassionate. Of course, the cost of any surge of illegal immigrants into Maryland will be borne by Maryland and federal taxpayers, not by Mr. O’Malley, unless he agrees to house them at his own place and with his own money.

There is the little matter of Mr. O’Malley’s secret request to White House domestic policy advisor Celia Munoz not to house illegal immigrants at a former Army Reserve Center in Westminster. How embarrassing that this got out. But he has since explained that it was only because the people in that community might not be thrilled with the idea, and may harass the children or “worse.”

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.