House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed on Thursday that a wall along the southern border is not a “luxury” that the U.S. can afford.
While speaking to the media, Pelosi also argued in favor of repairing border roads so that it would be easier for immigrants to enter the U.S.
“It’s unfortunate because there’s an opportunity cost here of this money— he keeps increasing the amount of money, the amount of beds, increasing the obstacles to finding a solution. Because I don’t think he really wants a solution,” Pelosi claimed.
A flustered and visibly angered looking Pelosi then claimed that the wall would be too expensive.
“It’s a luxury our country can’t afford under any circumstance. This is certainly a luxury we can’t afford when he has shut down government, takes pride in it and says months or years,” Pelosi said.
“That is not the action of a responsible president,” she added.
Later in her remarks, Pelosi argued in favor of repairing border roads so it’s easier for immigrants to enter the country.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s border security fix: Repair border roads so it’s easier for immigrants to enter the U.S. pic.twitter.com/78xpV3eSFd
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 10, 2019
Pelosi went on to claim that illegal aliens killing Americans is “not a justification” for separating families and implementing increased security measures.
“The president will have problems on his own side of the aisle for exploiting situation in a way that enhances his power. Right now there is a path, open up government. Let’s have this discussion on where we can agree on the best ways to protect our borders, to secure our borders, to to so in a way that honors our values,” Pelosi said.
“And the president’s going to the border. Now, we’re saying maybe the trip isn’t necessary — he goes and comes. Clearly there is a disparity of shared values here, in terms of respecting the dignity and worth of everyone, being concerned about ever death that happens because of — because we live in an imperfect world. But it is not a justification for having more children die in custody or be separated from their families.”
Part of the federal government has been shutdown for just shy of three weeks.
Last month, House Republicans voted 217-185 to approve a measure that would keep the government open and allocate $5.7 billion for border wall funding.
The bill is now waiting a full vote in the Senate, where lawmakers are hashing it out over funding for border security.
The first immigration poll of 2019 also signals that a majority of Americans agree with the president on the issue of securing the border.
According to a new Economist/YouGov survey, 93 percent of Americans say illegal immigration is a problem.
Given Pelosi’s insistence to reject any offer for wall funding, Trump is considering declaring a national emergency and have the military build the wall.
In fact, House Armed Service Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA, admitted over the weekend that Trump has the full authority to use the U.S. military to build the border wall.