U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), left, and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speak during a town hall meeting on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, hosted by the Florida Atlantic University College Democrat in Boca Raton, Fla. (Photo by Mike

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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Calls Trump's Executive Order a 'Half Measure'

By Keith Menconi

June 21, 2018 - 4:17 pm

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) called President Trump's executive order to end family separations a half measure, KCBS Radio's Keith Menconi reports. 

Under the president's order, children would be allowed to stay in detention with their parents for an extended period of time. But Pelosi said children shouldn't be detained at all and is raising concerns that doing so could impact the children's long term health and education.

"Simply, children do not belong in immigration jail. That's just the way it is. Or in detention on military bases which they have in mind," Pelosi said.

She rebuked Trump for blaming Democrats for the immigration crisis and denied that she's in favor of open borders as the president has alleged. 

"Democrats have taken full responsibility for securing our borders," Pelosi said. "We know that is a responsibility that we have but we don't think that we have to put children in cages to do it."

One version of a GOP backed immigration bill failed to pass a House vote on Thursday. Voting on another was postponed. Democrats have decried both measures and had introduced their own bills to address the separation issue.