House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) claimed on Wednesday that a vote for the Democratic Party in the coming midterm elections would provide “leverage” to illegal immigrants in the immigration debate.
She made those comments during a press conference held in El Paso, Texas, with immigrant-rights advocates and Veronica Escobar, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 16th Congressional District. The minority leader officially journeyed to the region in order to gauge the impact of policies instituted by the Trump administration to mitigate unlawful border crossings.
While discussing her opposition to the president’s zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration, which has since been rescinded, Pelosi was asked how long migrants, both lawful and unlawful, would have to wait for Congress to act on comprehensive reform.
The congresswoman asserted she didn’t “want to be political” in her response, before alleging reform would be impossible as long as the Republican Party remained in control of Congress.