During an interview with Fox News, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer broke with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments and said he was open to a border barrier.
“Look I think physical barriers are a part of the solution,” Hoyer said.
This is not the first time that Hoyer has admitted that Democratic lawmakers are not fully opposed to a wall, pointing out that they have been supportive of stronger border security in the past.
“We’ve supported substantial restraints,” said Hoyer in a previous interview. “We’ve supported fencing. We’ve supported other technologies. So my own view is that this is not an issue of morality. A wall is immoral if it tries to imprison people who shouldn’t be imprisoned. A wall is — that protects people is not immoral.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 22, 2019
The lawmaker claimed the difference between moral and immoral was what the purpose of the wall will be.
“It depends probably on what a wall is used for whether it’s moral or immoral,” Hoyer said. “If it’s protecting people, it’s moral, if it’s imprisoning people, it may well be immoral but that’s not the issue, the issue is we want border security. We want to make sure that people who come into the United States of America are authorized to do so and we know that they’ve come in, we don’t want contraband.”