Pelosi Takes Hard Line on Trump's Border Wall: 'Immoral, Ineffective and Expensive'
Won't accept DACA deal in exchange for wall funding.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi is digging in amid the fight over funding for President Trump's long-promised border wall, signaling she won’t accept a deal on DACA in exchange for wall money.
Congress on Thursday approved a short-term spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown, punting the immigration debate and other issues until later in the month.
Speaking to reporters at her weekly press briefing Thursday, Pelosi (D-Calif.), the likely next House Speaker, said that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border are “two different subjects.”
She later said that she and most Democrats consider the wall "immoral, ineffective and expensive," adding that Trump repeatedly promised that Mexico would pay for it.
On "America's Newsroom" Friday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) noted that several years ago, Democrats like Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) were "hawks" on immigration.
"[Now] you have the Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, far-left wing of their base that they have to placate," Kinzinger said. "So they're not going to give anything."
He said he wants comprehensive immigration reform, including a DACA fix, but that can't happen until the border is secured.
"This is an easy thing to do. It doesn't have to be just all about whacking the president on this issue," Kinzinger said. "Give him the money, build the wall, let's fix immigration and move on to other issues to argue about, because we always find new ones."
Watch the interview above.