WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday Democrats never declared there was not a crisis on the border responding to a question by SiriusXM Patriot 125 about her caucus’s past declarations that the Trump administration was creating a “manufactured crisis.”
“We’ve never not said that there was a crisis. There is a humanitarian crisis at the border. And some of it provoked by the actions taken by the administration and… I’ll just quote our friends from the Evangelical community when they came in and testified in the last Congress in one of our rump hearings because the Republicans wouldn’t have the hearing,” Pelosi said later describing the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program as the “crown jewel” of American humanitarianism.
President Trump declared a national emergency at the border three months ago to which Pelosi and Schumer responded was a “power grab” and an “unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist…”
The California Democrat, however, now argued, “So what is happening at the border is tragic and we hope to address some of that in the supplemental that is coming in the disaster supplemental– to provide some of the resources that are needed there.”
“This plan was not developed by politicians…It’s just common sense.”
She added, “We will hopefully work together in a bipartisan way to address this. But, yes, it is a crisis…”
President Trump unveiled his “merit-based” immigration plan Thursday which Speaker Pelosi called “condescending.”
“It is really a condescending word. They’re saying family is without merit?” Pelosi asked.
“Are they saying most of the people who have ever come to the United States in the history of our country are without merit because they don’t have an engineering degree?”
The Trump administration hammered out an immigration plan this week with the help of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. The initiative establishes a merit-based system that issues visas to migrants that gives precedence to certain individuals with particular work backgrounds as opposed to family members of other migrants.
Presently around 12 percent of migrants can enter the U.S. based off employment and skills, but 66 percent can enter based on family relations. Under the Trump initiative, Fox News reported, numbers would shift to 57 and 33 percent respectively.
Additionally, the proposal puts forth a foundation to set up ports of entry to make commerce more efficient and help stop the flow of illegal narcotics from getting across the border.
“This plan was not developed by politicians,” Trump told reporters at a Rose Garden event Thursday. “It’s just common sense.”
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham also unveiled his asylum bill in the upper chamber Wednesday. The legislation would extend the time families can be detained together from 20 days to 100 days. The bill also calls for 500 more immigration judges to handle the overflow of asylum claim cases at the border.
THE PICKET LINE:
Looks like Pelosi’s double negative narrative: “we never not said” means that yes, in fact, Republicans are right. There IS a border CRISIS. Thanks for the confirmation, P!