House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just threw her two cents into the argument around the ongoing government shutdown and she didn’t mince words.
The major sticking point seems to be Trump’s obsession with a border wall. He reportedly won’t sign any deal to protect Dreamers that doesn’t include funding for a wall. Democrats have signaled willingness to compromise here, but they’re not about to take it lying down.
When she heard Trump’s request for $20 billion, Pelosi had some choice words.
“All of the money he wants for his wall? Oh, come on, come on, come on,” Pelosi said at a press briefing in the Capitol.
Pelosi hinted she’d be willing to talk about a border wall, but not to agree blindly to any irrational demand Trump throws on the table. She explained her very logical train of thought.
“We all have a responsibility to protect our borders, north and south. There’s no question about that. So what do we need to do that? Why don’t we have an appraisal of what that should be. Should there be fencing? Should there be technology? Should they mow the grass so that people can’t hide in it? Should there be some bricks and mortar someplace. Let’s see.”
Democrats have supported comprehensive immigration reforms that included border security in the past, specifically in 2013 when the fate of 11 million undocumented immigrants hung in the balance. But that was a much more sweeping and far reaching package, Pelosi made a distinction between then and now.
The debate now concerns a fraction of that population – about 800,000 Dreamers are stuck in limbo – which Pelosi said doesn’t merit a concession worth $20 billion. She also characterized that number as “arbitrary.”
Democrats are signaling they’re willing to talk about border security that includes a wall, but only if it’s thoughtfully considered and based on the actual facts of the matter, not some arbitrary number the President plucks out of thin air.
Unless Trump can come back to reality and start thinking logically, this argument looks like it will drag on for quite some time.