Tuesday during an interview with the Arizona Republic, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said fences and “mowing the grass” along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a better alternative instead of President Trump’s proposed wall.
Pelosi said, “Well, I’m not the wall’s biggest advocate in Congress. But I do know that representatives in the House and senators in that body from the border areas have some serious objections to a wall, because they know how detrimental it can be to the community trade, to all of the other aspects of a border.”
She continued, “Let’s sit down and talk this through and see what makes sense. Not some commitment to a promise that we are going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it, that is never going to happen. But let’s talk about where a more serious structure might be necessary–where fencing will do or mowing the grass so people can’t be smuggled through the grass. That’s something– levies, technology, personnel.”
The debate over immigration reform is expected to continue as the next deadline, March 23, approaches to pass a spending bill and avoid a government shutdown. Pelosi has been a staunch opponent of increasing border security in the form of President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border.
The Democratic leader said that while Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it was “never going to happen,” she saw an opportunity to discuss other security measures. Pelosi, for instance, advocated for “mowing the grass so people can’t be smuggled through the grass” along the southern border.
“Let’s talk about where a more serious structure might be necessary–where fencing will do or mowing the grass so people can’t be smuggled through the grass.” Pelosi said. “That’s something– levies, technology, personnel.”
Pelosi’s interview with the Republic was a scheduled “Trump Tax Town Hall” stop, part of a 100-city tour Democrats are organizing to voice their opposition to GOP tax reform.
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