(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at her press briefing on Thursday that House Democrats have repeatedly put forward “an agenda for protecting our border” and understand it is part of the “oath we take to protect and defend.”
“We have over and over again put forth an agenda for protecting our border. It is the oath we take to protect and defend,” she said. “Securing our borders is a very important part of that.
“The president says there are all these drugs coming into the country. Ninety percent of the drugs coming over the border come through the ports of entry,” said Pelosi. “And so, we have said again and again: Let’s build the infrastructure of the ports of entry or maybe increase them.
“Let’s facilitate trade and travel and protecting our security with more lateral roads there,” she said. “Let’s increase the personnel. There are nearly 3,000--3,000, imagine--3,000 vacancies in Customs. Let’s increase the personnel.
“Infrastructure, personnel, technology, technology, technology,” she said.
“For several hundred million dollars there is the capability to scan the cars for drugs, guns, contraband. The technology is there,” she said.
“The will is there,” she said.
“I think there’s bipartisan agreement that we should be doing that and to use other technology to protect the border in other ways,” Pelosi said.
“The president says the only way to do it is with a wall,” she said. “That’s a debate that we have, but it was no debate that we all agree that protecting our border is the responsibility we have, and that has always, always been the case.
“Again,” she said, “we must respect our workers, protect our borders and re-open government immediately.”