Pelosi Caves, Agrees to Take Up Legislation to Increase Emergency Funding for the Border

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) finally caved and gave the green light to legislation that would provide aid to the border in response to President Donald Trump’s proposed mass deportations.

Last week, Trump announced that he would begin the process of deporting migrants who were not approved for asylum and stayed in the country illegally. The idea of mass deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) didn’t sit well for many Democrats.

By Saturday, Trump announced that he would delay deportations for two weeks to allow Democrats a chance to propose legislation to reform the asylum practices in the United States and increase funding to the border.

Trump admitted that he was not optimistic about the chances that Democrats would actually come to the table with a proposal, but it seems as though they were busy over the weekend coming up with a plan.

Late Sunday evening, Pelosi announced that she would allow a vote to increase humanitarian aid to the border in order to provide care for the more than 1 million migrants expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border this financial year.

“This week, the House will advance strong border legislation, which protects vulnerable children and keeps America safe as it honors our values,” Pelosi wrote in a statement. “Congress continues to insist that families belong together and for immigrant communities to know their rights.”

The speaker also took a jab at Trump, placing blame on his administration for the massive influx of migrants to the southern border.

The President’s failed policies have exacerbated the situation at the border, where vulnerable children endure inhumane conditions that threaten their health, well-being and sometimes, tragically, their lives. This legislation provides urgently-needed humanitarian assistance for families, including funding for food, shelter, clothing, medical care and legal assistance, and will relieve the horrific situation of over-crowding and help prevent additional deaths. And we are providing urgent assistance to local communities to help defray their costs of providing humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers.

Pelosi noted that her legislation “does not fund the Administration’s failed mass detention policy.”

Whether or not that will stop the deportations remains to be seen. Trump made it clear that his motivation to delay the deportations was to get Congress to pass new asylum laws, which Pelosi’s proposed legislation doesn’t do.

As IJR previously reported, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has legislation to reform the asylum process in the United States, though both sides seem to want to see comprehensive immigration reform rather than patchwork funding and asylum tweaks.

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Otis
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Oh, Nancy! All those ‘deaths’ President Trump is responsible for must really weigh on your mind. This is propaganda at it’s finest/worst.

JENNIFER ATTWOOD
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JENNIFER ATTWOOD

I THINK THE WRITING AND DIRECTION’S HAVE TO BE THOROUGHLY INSPECTED BECAUSE NANCY AND HER DEMS ALWAYS SEEM TO HAVE LOOPHOLES NOT FILLED FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE ! SHE IS TRYING TO MAKE IT ALL A BIG HICCUP TO KEEP ILLEGALS HERE INSTEAD OF I.C.E.SENDING THEM BACK BELOW THE BORDER TO WAIT OUT THEIR COURT DATES INSTEAD OF JUST RELEASING THEM ALL INTO OUR POPULATION TO HURT CITIZENS AT RANDOM !

James
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Years have passed and NOTHING has been done under ANY Administration to fix the problem. Glad to see Trump has taken the initiative to begin DEPORTING Illegal Aliens who INVADED our sovereign Nation. Those Illegal Alien Invaders should have been rounded up and walked back to the border upon their arrival here; then told to go beg from Mexico for all the taxpayer-funded freebies they got from the U.S. of A.

Knock on our door (legally) and you’re welcome to come in. Crawl in through a doggy door and get shoved back out or shot!

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