In a recent tweet late, Trump warned of the potential for “Big danger” at the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, demanding, “Nancy and Chuck must approve Border Security and the Wall!”
However, a border wall of the scope and size envisioned by President Trump is not shared by the Democrats.
Pelosi, who is seeking to become House Speaker in January, noted that the lame-duck Congress should now focus on passing a half-dozen government funding bills that key committees have already agreed on.
Moreover, she underscored the point that that funding for the homeland agency should address border security and does not necessarily include a wall.
She also argued that Democrats consider the wall as “immoral, ineffective and expensive.”
She noted that President Trump declared on the stump during the 2016 election campaign that Mexico would pay for building the wall, a move she viewed as immoral and one that Mexican leaders continue to reject.
Protecting borders “is a responsibility we honor, but we do so by honoring our values as well,” she added.
In the meanwhile, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer remarked that a bipartisan Senate plan for $1.6 billion in border security funding does not include money for the 30-foot-high (9-meter-high) concrete wall Trump has envisioned.
The money “can only be used for fencing” and technology that experts say is appropriate and makes sense as a security feature, Schumer said.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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