House Democrats reveal details for opening offer in border negotiations

House Democrats provided a detailed offer Thursday — with dollar figures — of their opening offer in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding negotiations.

The plan does not include funding for a border wall sought by President Trump. In her weekly news conference Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed the ongoing negotiations over border security, making it clear that she still opposes a wall.

“There is not going to be any wall money in the legislation,” Pelosi stated.  Later she commented on the already-present Normandy fencing at the southern border, which is low and intended to prevent cars from crossing.

“If the president wants to call that a wall — he can call that a wall.” The speaker referenced several technological developments that could be added to southern border security which were not available when the current fences were erected years ago.