(CNSNews.com) - If President Donald Trump decides to use his emergency powers to build the border wall, he’ll see what the Democrats will do in response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.
When asked how she would react if the president declares the illegal immigration issue a national emergency and uses his executive powers to build a wall, Pelosi told reporters, “If and when the president does that, you’ll find out how we will react, but I’m not going to that place now.”
“I think the president will have problems on his own side of the aisle for exploiting the situation in a way that enhances his power, but not to go there, let’s see what he does. Right now, there is a path. Open up government. Let’s have this discussion on where we can agree on the best ways to protect our borders, to secure our borders, to do so in a way that honors our values,” she said.
A reporter asked Pelosi whether she would say illegal immigration is a manufactured crisis to the families of California police officer Cpl. Ronil Singh, who was allegedly gunned down by an illegal immigrant who snuck across the Arizona border, and to families who lost relatives to heroin overdoses since 90 percent of heroin came from Mexico.
“What I would say to families like that is what I say to the president regularly: These are tragic situations,” the speaker said.
“It’s a tragic situation at the border. Two little children died in the custody of the Border Patrol, but the plural of anecdote is not data, and as painful and horrible, one death is more than we should be able to bear, whether it’s the corporal or whether it’s the children, but the fact is we have to have public policy that secures our border. What the president is proposing will not eliminate those possibilities,” she said.