Is U.S.-Mexico Border Secure? Pelosi: ‘Building a Wall There Is Wrong’

By Penny Starr | June 9, 2016 | 12:52 PM EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy

Pelosi (D-Calif.)  (AP) 

( – When asked whether the U.S.-Mexico border is secure, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not answer directly but said "the thought of building a wall there is wrong."

At her press conference at the Capitol on Thursday, asked Pelosi: “Do you think that the U.S.-Mexico border is secure?”

Pelosi said: “I think it’s important to note–I just took a delegation, a bipartisan delegation, to Mexico and migration was one of our issues, TPP, national security always first and foremost the issue--and the fact is, is that we have a negative migration. More people are going back to Mexico than are coming into our country.”

“And the idea of building a wall there–a barrier rather than a bridge,” Pelosi said.  “Anyone familiar with the region – and I am to a certain extent – been there many times, to El Paso or Laredo, McAllen, all those places along the border.

“Go to El Paso. It’s a community with a border running through it,” Pelosi said. “People come back and forth and buy their groceries, see their families, some go to school.”

“It is a beautiful sight to behold, I have to say,” Pelosi said.

“So the thought of building a wall there is wrong,” she said. “And people in Mexico have concerns about what that means in terms of disrespect for them.”

“But I don’t see many people writing about the fact that there are more people going back to Mexico than coming into the United States,” she said.

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