House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested this week that “mowing the grass” near the U.S.-Mexico border so that illegal immigrants can’t be smuggled through thick vegetation would be a more effective measure to secure the country than President Trump’s proposed border wall.
“I’m not the wall’s biggest advocate in Congress,” Mrs. Pelosi said in an interview with The Arizona Republic. “But I do know that representatives in the House and senators in that body from the border areas have some serious objection to a wall, because they know how detrimental it can be to the community trade, to all the other aspects of a border.”
“But, again, let’s sit down and talk this through and see what makes sense, not some commitment to a promise that we’re going to build a wall and Mexico’s going to pay for it — that’s never going to happen,” she said.
“Let’s talk about where a more serious structure might be necessary, where fencing will do or mowing the grass so that people can’t be smuggled through the grass — that’s something. Levies, technology, personnel,” she proposed.
Mrs. Pelosi also said it’s immoral to deport illegal immigrants just because they “may have overstayed a welcome” or violated their immigration status.
“That’s not who we are as a country,” she said. “I’m afraid that that’s the path that the administration may be on, and they use the discussion of a wall as a distraction.”