Pelosi Rules Out Grand Bargain on Immigration: A Wall in Exchange for Legal Status

By Susan Jones | May 1, 2017 | 5:53am EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has ruled out a grand bargain that would include funding for Trump's border wall in exchange for Republicans agreeing on legal status for millions of aliens in this country. (Screen grab from ABC's "This Week.")

( – “No.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said “no” three times, when she was asked on Sunday about a “grand bargain on immigration” in which Democrats would agree to fund President Trump’s border wall, if Republicans agree to legal status for millions of people who entered the United States illegally.

“Is there a possibility for the two sides, even on an issue like immigration to come together? Money for the wall but also a path to citizenship?” Jonathan Karl, guest host of ABC’s “This Week,” asked Pelosi.

“No,” Pelosi said.

“No?” Karl asked.

“No,” Pelosi repeated. “No, I mean, we already had a bipartisan bill out of the United States Senate.” She said the bill introduced early in the Obama administration would have passed, but “House Republicans failed to bring it up.”

“So, there is a path,” Pelosi continued. “We don’t have to pay for us to do the right thing as a country. And overwhelmingly, the American people support a path to citizenship, for the people who are in our country. We have to protect our borders; that is our responsibility as a nation, north and south.”

Pelosi said she opposes charging the American people “tens of billions of dollars” for a border wall, which would reduce funding for Democrat priorities.

Congress has finally reached bipartisan agreement on a massive spending bill that will keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year.

The bill contains no money for Trump’s long-promised border wall; but it does include $15 billion to start rebuilding the military. It continues taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood; and it does not revoke federal grants for sanctuary cities.

The legislation provides a total of $1.163 trillion for operations of the federal government.

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