Bowing to public opinion over political costs if Democrats failed to pass a Republican humanitarian bill for aid relief on America’s Southern border with Mexico, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., humiliatingly and reluctantly announced Friday afternoon that the House would pass the GOP bill.
“Never ending crisis,” our Friday editorial written before her decision, forecast Democrats would not pass the Republican aid bill because it included funds for the Defense Department to help secure the border and fund Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), that Democrats want to abolish.
Sent to the House Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Republican bill provides $4.6 billion to fund more border enforcement and aid for detained illegal aliens.
Willing to allow the death toll of aliens trying to cross the Rio Grande River into America to continue — as the photo of a drowned father and his 2-year-old daughter earlier in the week revealed — radical socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., darling of the media and de facto voice of liberals, reacted with predictable fury, tweeting:
“Under no circumstances should the House vote for a McConnell-only bill w/no negotiation with Democrats. Hell no. That’s an abdication of power we should refuse to accept. They will keep hurting kids if we do. … We have time. We can stay in town. We can at least add some amendments to this Senate bill. But to pass it completely unamendable with no House input? That seems a bridge too far.”
Bellowing demagoguery earlier this year — that the crisis on America’s Southern “does not exist,” that it was a “manufactured crisis,” that it was “fake” —Mrs. Pelosi was shamed by the photo. So she genuflected to Republican pressure. Which is a good sign for America.