Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi complained that President Trump’s border barrier proposal “discriminates” against those entering the country illegally.
“Quite frankly when the president talks about this being a national security issue, it really isn’t. It’s about a policy that is discriminatory about where people are coming into this country,” she said.
She of course made this statement right after claiming Democrats really care about border security.
“We all support border security. We take an oath to protect and defend the American people,” Pelosi said. “There’s a better way. A more effective way to secure our borders and that is what the debate should be about.”
As a reminder, Pelosi cares so much about border security that she’s openly defended MS-13 gang members.
Meanwhile, when asked about whether she’d be willing to strike a deal over President Trump’s $5.7 billion barrier request in exchange for DACA, she said the issue hasn’t been discussed.
President Trump is in McAllen, Texas today hearing from Border Patrol agents on the ground. He met with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the White House yesterday. President Trump offered to open the government in exchange for border barrier support. Pelosi said no.
President Trump says he is nearing a decision to declare a national emergency on the southern border: “If this doesn’t work out, probably I will do it, I would almost say definitely… This is a national emergency.”