Pelosi Remarks at Media Availability Marking Universal Day of the Child with The Butterfly Effect

November 20, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined members of the Congressional Tri-Caucus for a media availability marking Universal Day of the Child with The Butterfly Effect in a call for support of immigrant children.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Thank you, Congresswoman Barragán for your kind words of introduction, more importantly for your great leadership.  I have been with you at the border.  I have seen the impact seeing the children has had on you and all the rest of us, as well. 

And, what is exciting to me about today – the Butterfly Effect, and aren’t we so proud of Kaia and Lillian – oh my goodness, how wonderful that you had this idea.  

Because, here’s the thing: we can say all kinds of words and we could prove all kinds of statistics, but there’s something about creativity and the arts that communicates in such an important way.  And that these children came up with this idea – the Butterfly Effect – manifested in the cards behind me.

They were going to have one for every child detained and now you have more than twice as many all around the country, and that would be a growing number. 

Thank you.  Thank you for the idea of heart to heart in our country, because when it comes to children, that’s our future, our best hope.  As President Kennedy said, ‘Our greatest resource and our best hope for the future.’

So when you – when we go to the border, and we see what is happening there as a matter of public policy in the United States of America, that can’t be right.  That’s not who we are as a country.  And it challenges the conscience of our country to do something better, as my colleague Elijah Cummings said before he left us with great passion and great concern.

We can, we must do better.  We will do better.

And we encourage – and I want to encourage – we have the strength  to do better because of the Butterfly Effect.

Look at the tiny, little baby.  How old is the little baby?


Two months.  How precious.

And, really when you think how at the border, children are being taken from their parents and families have been separated – seems to have no sensitivity to the bonding effect of parents and children and the strength of family, but that’s what our country is about and that’s what we have to return it to.

And the path – the guidance to that path, led by the butterflies, and I hope that that inspires what my colleague, Congresswoman Barragán described so beautifully.

Created by children, for the children, to help the children.  It’s just too beautiful.

So, we’re here with Congresswoman Barbara Lee – she’s taken special, a special interest in the fact that these centered – started in your district?

Congresswoman Barbara Lee.  Yes.

Speaker Pelosi.   Kaia is here and –

Lillian Ellis.  Lily.

Speaker Pelosi.  Lily are both here.  So, congratulations on getting here. Thank you.

And Congresswoman Judy Chu.  We were together last night celebrating the connection between Japan and the United States, and here we are recognizing what we have learned from each other in terms of creativity and the rest.

So, it’s wonderful to be here with everyone and to thank you for your leadership, your creativity, for your spirit, for your courage, for just not even having the thought ­– the faintest thought that this would not work.


Courage is very important.  So I thank you for your conviction, your imagination and the rest.

But courage makes all the difference in the world.  

Thank you for having the strength of butterflies and the creativity of origami for the children.  

Thank you so much.  I can’t wait to hear what they have to say.