Pelosi Proposes 'Mowing the Grass' as Alternative to Building Southern Border Wall

February 21, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) proposed "mowing the grass" along the southern border on Tuesday instead of securing the border with the wall.

Pelosi joined the Arizona Republic for an interview where she confessed she is not the "biggest advocate in Congress" for the construction of border wall, even if, in the words of the Republic's Ron Hansen, it could give "some insurance for the Dreamers."

"Well, I’m not the wall’s biggest advocate in Congress," Pelosi said. "But I do know that representatives in the House and senators in that body from the border wall areas have some serious objections to a wall, because they know how detrimental it can be to the community trade, to all of the other aspects of a border."

The debate over immigration reform is expected to continue as the next deadline, March 23, approaches to pass a spending bill and avoid a government shutdown. Pelosi has been a staunch opponent of increasing border security in the form of President Donald Trump's campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border.

The Democratic leader said that while Trump's campaign promise to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it was "never going to happen," she saw opportunity to discuss other security measures. Pelosi, for instance, advocated for "mowing the grass so people can’t be smuggled through the grass" along the southern border.

"Let’s talk about where a more serious structure might be necessary–where fencing will do or mowing the grass so people can’t be smuggled through the grass." Pelosi said. "That’s something– levies, technology, personnel."

Pelosi's interview with the Republic was a scheduled "Trump Tax Town Hall" stop, part of a 100-city tour Democrats are organizing to voice their opposition to GOP tax reform.