Rep. Steny Hoyer Breaks With Speaker Pelosi: I Don’t Think a Wall ‘Is An Issue of Morality’


House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) broke with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on whether having more walls on the U.S.-Mexico border as immoral. According to him, this is not an issue of morality, rather it’s one of if the wall works at deterring illegal immigration.

“I don’t agree with that,” Hoyer told Fox News’ Bret Baier on Wednesday. “Look, I don’t think this is an issue of morality, it is an issue up, does it work? Sen. [John] Cornyn, Sen. [Lindsey] Graham, other members of the United States Senate and in put question whether a wall works, whether that is the best way to secure the border. Are some restraints — we have supported substantial restraints. We have supported fencing, we have supported other technologies. My own view is that this is not an issue of morality, a well is immoral if it tries to imprison people who should be in prison.”

A wall that protects people is also not immoral, Hoyer added, it just comes down to whether it works.

When pressed by Bair if walls that are already in place in some areas along the border, Hoyer said they have worked.

“Obviously they work in some places. But the president wanted to first build a wall, 1954 miles and he change that very substantially,” he replied. “The debate ought to be not on morality or racism, I will say we’re not pleased with the rhetoric that has come about, dealing with those coming across the border, and we think some of that rhetoric was in fact racist. We think some of that rhetoric was to inflame and was not based upon facts.”

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Julio has previously written for Independent Journal Review. He is currently a Military/Veterans Contributor for and serving in the Marine Corps Reserves.