House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Saturday urged her fellow lawmakers to treat the children detained along the southern border with respect during a trip to Texas to assess the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border there.
“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 said at a press conference, according to Business Insider.
“What we just saw was so stunning. If you believe as we do that every child, that every person, has a spark of divinity in them and is therefore worthy of respect, what we saw in those rooms was [a] dazzling, sparkling array of God’s children, worthy of respect,” she continued. “We have to use the crisis — that some view as a crisis, and it does have crisis qualities — as an opportunity to show who we are as Americans, that we do respect people for their divinity and worth.”