Nancy Pelosi: ‘My Whole Thing in Congress Is About the Children’

By CNSNews.com Staff | March 26, 2021 | 2:41pm EDT
(Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) told reporters during her virtual press conference on Thursday that her “whole thing in Congress is about the children.”

She made the statement in reference to the crisis now being caused by a surge of migrants approaching the southern border of the United States, where some try to cross it illegally.

“And so, again, the children–that's heartbreaking when children were being taken out of the arms of their mothers,” Pelosi said.

“You can just imagine me, who–my whole thing in Congress is about the children,” she said.

“To see that under the Trump Administration, that that is totally outside the circle of civilized behavior in my view,” in my view. “So, this is a change. And the change--the president's been in office two months. He's tasked the vice president to talk to the root causes of the migration. He is focused on the fact that the children should not stay in the–with the Border Patrol people, but should be a matter of 72 hours or more into the hands of HHS, the Office of Refugee Resettlement. 

“And then, again, if the, if there, if 70-some percent of the children have a relative in United States, 48 percent of them–my understanding is–have a parent in the United States,” Pelosi said.

“So, how do we, again, in a humanitarian way, effectively do that?” she said.

“Again, undo, deconstruct so that you can struct, construct,” she said. “And I was, I think the president brings all of the humanitarian and values and pragmatic, um, um solutions to it.”

Here is a transcript of the part of Pelosi’s press conference where she says that her “whole thing in Congress is about the children:

Nancy Pelosi: “Now, in addition to that--because this is an issue of, of, that many of us have followed for a long time and being at California, a border state, the interest in our, our state as well in terms of how we can accommodate people coming in. In addition to that, this is an array. Some people have–are coming for economic reasons. That’s not–they will be turned away by and large and go back. Some people have a well-founded fear of persecution in their country. And that is a responsibility that we have to hear out, to hear out. When we had testimony taken on this subject during the–whatever it is-- administration, the Evangelicals testified that the United States’ refugee resettlement program is the crown jewel of American humanitarianism. How many times have you heard me say that to you? But understand, that is part of some of the people coming here, too.

“And so, again, the children–that's heartbreaking when children were being taken out of the arms of their mothers. You can just imagine me, who–my whole thing in Congress is about the children. To see that under the Trump Administration that that is totally outside the circle of civilized behavior in my view. So, this is a change. And the change--the president's been in office two months. He's tasked the vice president to talk to the root causes of the migration. He is focused on the fact that the children should not stay in the–with the Border Patrol people, but should be a matter of 72 hours or more into the hands of HHS, the Office of Refugee Resettlement.  And then, again, if the, if there, if 70-some percent of the children have a relative in United States, 48 percent of them–my understanding is–have a parent in the United States.

“So, how do we, again, in a humanitarian way, effectively do that? Again, undo, deconstruct so that you can struct, construct. And I was, I think the president brings all of the humanitarian and values and pragmatic, um, um solutions to it.

“And I think that—uh, we will see—and I called to your attention my colleague, Veronica Escobar, who represents El Paso in the Congress, has an op-ed in the New York Times today as think past what you see there as to what we–the path that we are on to go into the future.  Can I give you a timeline? No. But I know that we will be making progress constantly.”

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