Throughout the duration of the ongoing partial government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly insisted that she supports strong border security, even as she staunchly refuses to provide even a single dollar for the most efficient means of securing a border: construction of a wall or other physical barrier.
But Pelosi shifted her tune somewhat on Thursday, signaling an openness to spending “hundreds of millions” of dollars on “infrastructure” at the border — but it wasn’t to stem the flow of illegal immigration, but rather, to facilitate more cross-border migration and trade.
The speaker addressed reporters on the topic on Thursday as part of her weekly news conference, though her rambling and nonsensical monologue appeared to raise more questions than answers.
“What we are proposing is to build the infrastructure of the ports of entry, strengthen that,” Pelosi said, “the ports of entry.”
She went on to outline her plan for infrastructure: “Spend the money, hundreds of millions of dollars — but accessible — to have the scanning technology to scan cars coming through, for drugs and contraband of any kind — weapons, even.”
She added that she also wanted to “repair the roads to facilitate immigration and trade in those regions.”
“The positive, shall we say, almost technological wall that can be built is what we should be doing,” she said.
Bait and switch
Pelosi has thus far been completely averse to spending any sort of taxpayer funding on border security needs, despite her repeated insistence that she supports securing the southern border.
To be fair, there is something to be said for spending money to improve the infrastructure at official ports of entry.
But that is something the Trump administration has already stated they intend to do with some of the requested border security funds.
Indeed, there is most certainly a need for more technologically advanced scanners at the ports of entry that could detect the contraband being smuggled across the border — whether that be drugs, human beings, or weapons, both of the conventional and unconventional sort.
But any attempt from Pelosi to claim she’s serious about improving conditions at the border is meaningless until she’s willing to accept that there is a crisis down there that can only be solved by a wall.
Until she actually negotiates for the safety of Americans — instead of keeping the government closed just to prove a point — we just can’t take her seriously.