Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) broke from her party over the weekend when she admitted that the crisis at the United States-Mexico border is real and pushed back on her fellow Democrats’ narrative that President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall is “immoral.”
Joining Fox News on Sunday, Slotkin explained that her background in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gives her unique insight into the situation at the border.
“The border situation is a national security issue, it’s an economic issue, and it’s a moral issue,” she said. “The sheer numbers that are coming over right now, you got to call a spade a spade. It is extremely difficult to deal with.”
Watch her comments below:
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Slotkin went on to explain the importance of giving Border Patrol agents the resources they need and are asking for, and she dismissed the notion that a wall is immoral (emphasis added):
“We’ve got to make sure that the border forces have what they need in order to protect people and deal with them in a humanitarian way. You just make sure that they have the resources that they need, the bed space that they need. It’s a practical, logistical situation. I don’t think a wall is immoral. We do this every day in the military. Do an honest-to-God needs assessment of what you need and do it.”
The freshman Democrat breaking her party line comes as the Department of Homeland Security continues to deal with what Trump has declared a national emergency at the border and as the situation reaches a “breaking point.”
Her comment also flies in the face of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who earlier this year declared that “the fact is, a wall is an immorality. It’s not who we are as a nation.”
Watch the moment below:
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At the time, Pelosi took heat for her remark, getting called out by both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who pointed out that many Democrats didn’t have a problem with border walls back in 2006, and fellow Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who voiced his own disagreement.