"This is a community with a border going through it"

Pelosi, using cautious language around the word “crisis,” labeled the problem an “opportunity” for America to demonstrate its values. Many of the children have been kept in shocking conditions as federal officials scrambled to provide them basic necessities.

“This is a community with a border going through it. And this crisis — that some call a ‘crisis’ — we have to view as an opportunity,” Pelosi told reporters at a press conference.

Pelosi stressed the children involved are worthy of basic human respect as they are being moved “as quickly as possible into another setting.”