TOPLINE: Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats pledged to put children first with their majority, but at every turn this year, they’ve prioritized the radical left over the needs of children, putting them last. They’re ignoring the science and caving to the radical teachers unions and keeping kids out of school, causing American children to fall behind and suffer mental health consequences. At the Biden-created border crisis due to leftist immigration policies House Democrats support, unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are being kept in overrun detention centers, with many testing positive for COVID. Democrats must stop putting liberal special interests over the interests of the children they claimed were their top priority.
Democrats’ Hypocrisy Towards Children is Stunning
Earlier this year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC that “there is no issue more critical to the future of our nation than the safety, education and all-around well-being of America’s children.”
That was a lie.
What does Speaker Pelosi say to the children suffering because Democrats are keeping their schools shut down?
Why hasn’t Speaker Pelosi done anything to stop the border crisis that has created a humanitarian crisis for thousands of children?
Children Are Suffering from Biden’s Border Crisis
The situation at the border is undeniably a crisis, but it disproportionately affects children who are suffering at the hands of the Biden Administration.
Here are the facts:
- Over 600 unaccompanied children cross into the United States each day
- As of March 22nd, there are about 16,000 children in U.S. custody
- 70% of children held in facilities are there past the 72-hour limit
- Nearly 10,000 children crossed the U.S.-Mexican Border in February 2021
In stark contrast from the last four years, high-profile members of the Democrat Party like Vice President Kamala Harris, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are silent about the growing disaster at the border. During the Trump administration, Democrats called for accountability but now refuse to address this catastrophe.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the following in a press conference in 2018:
“Democrats have taken full responsibility for securing our borders. 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. There is a better way. [President Trump] is either not knowing, not caring or delusional, or in denial about his own policies outside the circle of civilized human behavior.”
Vice President Kamala Harris said the following in 2018:
“When we have children being housed in cages crying for their mommies and daddies, we know we are better than this.”
While the Vice President is touting the “American Rescue Plan” across the country, there are thousands of unaccompanied minors sleeping in cages. Photos from a border patrol facility in Texas reveal cramped and unsanitary conditions for children.
Not only are these conditions inhumane, but they are also increasingly dangerous during the pandemic. Axios reported that 300 unaccompanied minors have tested positive for COVID-19. Not only is this a dangerous situation for these children, but it puts our border patrol agents and American citizens in these border communities at risk. Democrats’ denial of the crisis makes the situation more dangerous.
President Biden is Prioritizing Teachers Unions Over Students
For months, the Biden Administration has resisted commonsense efforts to reopen classrooms safely. The White House has made excuse after excuse, despite having tens of billions of dollars in funding from Congress to send children back to the school.
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its physical distancing guidelines for children in schools to recommend that most students maintain three feet of distance between students instead of trying to keep at least six feet apart.
Despite scientific studies and evidence, Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest teachers union in America, questioned the CDC’s decision to revise social distancing guidelines in classrooms from six feet to three feet.
Once again, after more than a year of school closures, we are seeing union bosses stand in the way of science and argue against students resuming in-person learning.
President Biden needs to listen to scientists instead of self-serving teachers unions.
BOTTOM LINE: Children are paying the price because Democrats and the Biden Administration are refusing to address the problems their radical policies have created for kids. Speaker Pelosi should live up to her own words and work with Republicans to safely open our schools and solve President Biden’s self-made crisis at the border.