President Donald Trump wants to build a border wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has never supported that, and now she’s moving a step further in the other direction: She wants to improve the roads at the border to make it easier for immigrants to enter the U.S., according to The Washington Free Beacon.
Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats are proposing an infrastructure plan and that they support the idea of a “technological wall” rather than a physical barrier.
“[The plan] we are proposing is to build the infrastructure of the ports of entry, to strengthen that, the ports of entry, spend the money, the hundreds of millions of dollars, but accessible to have the scanning technology to scan cars coming through for drugs, contraband of any kind, weapons even,” Pelosi said in a somewhat fragmented and confusing explanation.
“Repair the roads that facilitate immigration and trade in those regions,” Pelosi continued. “The positive, should we say almost technological, wall that can be built is what we should be doing.”
Pelosi’s comments illustrate just how far apart the two sides are in negotiations over the border wall issue that has led to a partial government shutdown.
To this point, Trump and Pelosi have been securely locked in their positions, with no sign of compromise in sight: Trump will not sign funding legislation that doesn’t include the wall, and Pelosi will not support any measure that includes a physical border barrier.
“Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”