Pelosi Suggests That Republican Concerns About Border Security Are a Distraction

Susan Jones | March 11, 2021 | 11:46am EST
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( - Asked if Republicans are using unchecked immigration at the Southwest border as a distraction, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave a flippant reply on Thursday:

"Well, I guess their Dr. Seuss approach didn't work for them. So now they've had to change the subject," the Speaker told a news conference.

"We do not prioritize our values in how we can make a difference in the lives of the American people to be attuned to the bankruptcy of ideas that the Republicans have. No, there was no mistake," she said, responding to a question about whether Democrats should have placed immigration reform higher on their agenda.

Another reporter asked Pelosi what the Biden administration should be doing about the surge of unaccompanied children at the border.

"I do think what they are doing is talking to regional governments to say, keep them home -- as well as, if they have a case of refugee status or asylum seekers, to have that adjudicated in the country -- have those interviews happen in the country of origin,” Pelosi said.

“But for those who are coming, they have a humane policy about how they -- as quickly as possible, and it takes time because you want to do it right -- can get them situated with family members or a safe place for them to be. And it will be nothing like what we saw in the Trump administration of babies being snatched from the arms of their parents...So I think that the -- I trust the Biden administration's policy to be based on humanitarian and love of children rather than political points or red meat for their Republican base."


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