Nancy Pelosi: Border Crisis Is an 'Opportunity' for America

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asserted that the crisis on the border was actually an opportunity for America to display its humanitarian character.

“We need Republicans to send us the supplemental as soon as possible because resources are needed to address the crisis on the border. That crisis could be an opportunity to show our greatness as a nation,” Pelosi asserted during a press conference on Thursday, calling for the nation to “discern” how to best address the needs of unaccompanied minors.

Pelosi said it was “stunning” that Republicans were drawing lines in the sand during the negotiations of the legislation.

“We have to do what is right for the children, what is right for the American people,” she asserted, repeatedly calling for Congress to send more resources to deal with the problem.

Pelosi cited the United States Conference of Bishops on four different occasions to encourage Americans to embrace the flood of children crossing the border.

Although she said she would wait until Republicans offered legislation on the issue, she did not appear optimistic about the results.

“What we’ve seen so far is going in the wrong direction. If they want Democratic votes, it has to go more in the right direction,” she said.

Following up on her reversal on the idea of changing the 2008 law to stem the flow of children crossing the border, she disagreed that it was a magnet causing the crisis. She explained that she no longer believed that the laws needed to be changed, but called for more lawyers and judges to handle the growing number of cases.

“I think this can be done under current law with the proper resources,” Pelosi stated.


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