During a hearing with House Democrats on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) argued that the bill proposed by Republicans did not have the adequate resources to help unattended minors crossing the border with the immigration court process.
The bill, announced by Republicans on Tuesday, would spend $659 million in new spending in response to the crisis on the border.
Citing a friend, Pelosi said that “we cannot have deportation without representation,” and she praised the groups that were working to help the detained children.
The hearing featured unattended minors, now living in the United States, who complained about how border officials treated them.
Pelosi noted that sending the children back to their home countries would be like sending them “back into a burning building.”
She again compared the children to the baby Jesus, who fled his home country as an infant to escape violence.