House Democrats have acknowledged that there is a crisis at the southern border, and blame President Trump for aggravating it, according to Reuters.
Speaking from a Leesburg, Virginia Democratic party meeting on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said bipartisan immigration reform is still the solution - and in fact, "inevitable." Pelosi insisted "I'm not giving up on the president on this," adding "I still say to him, 'We've got to have comprehensive immigration reform'."
Translation; Bernie Sanders just said he's opposed to open borders which would cause an influx of migrants, so Pelosi - who has vehemently opposed every Trump border security policy since day one - now wants to appear as if she cares about stopping unchecked migration.
Even the Democrats now say that our Southern Border is a Crisis and a National Emergency. Hopefully, we will not be getting any more BAD (outrageous) court decisions!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Of course, it's all Trump's fault. Speaking later to reporters, Rep. Pramila Japyal (D-WA) said that the Trump administration had manufactured a crisis at the border in part by "stripping away" legal immigration - such as preventing asylum seekers from entering the country at ports.
Trying to curb the flow of Central American asylum seekers, the administration has been sending more people back to Mexico to wait for their asylum claims to be heard by U.S. courts.
Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) said the Trump administration had exacerbated a challenging border situation by not spending money that was appropriated for border facilities and personnel, as well as by cutting off aid to Central American countries for sending migrants to the United States.
Cicilline, who runs the House Democrats' policy and communications committee, denied Democrats were simply "looking on helplessly" at the problems. -Reuters
"But the administration has responsibility in all these areas. And we can appropriate funding and we can pass legislation but ultimately they are responsible for executing the immigration laws in this country," said Cicilline.
On Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pushed back against claims that he supports open borders, and said that worldwide poverty would cause an influx of migrants to the broder if that system were in place, according to Politico.
"What we need is comprehensive immigration reform,” said Sanders. "If you open the borders, my God, there's a lot of poverty in this world, and you're going to have people from all over the world. And I don't think that's something that we can do at this point. Can't do it. So that is not my position.”
And now it's Pelosi's too, except it's Trump's fault of course.