June 21st, 2007
02:31 PM ET
8 years ago

Pelosi 'optimistic' on immigration bill

Pelosi, with the president at a congressional picnic earlier this week, stopped short of endorsing his immigration bill.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In an interview posted online Thursday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said she is “optimistic” that her Senate colleagues will be able to pass an immigration bill, with ultimate success depending upon what role the president takes in the process.

“I'm optimistic now that there's a chance that they will be able to get a bill out,” Pelosi said in an interview conducted on Wednesday by Jonathan Singer of the liberal blog MyDD.com. “It all depends on the leadership of the president. If he cares enough about it, which I believe he does, then the Senate will pass comprehensive, bipartisan immigration legislation.”

However, Pelosi did not offer an endorsement of the immigration bill, even if it manages to pass the Senate.

“We'll watch it very carefully to see what it is and see what we can do to either improve upon it or possibly reject it,” she said. “But again, it has to meet certain standards. We have our standards. We've put them out there. Secure our borders, workplace enforcement, protect our workers, non-exploitation of the people coming in and a path to legalization for the millions of people in the United States now.”

- CNN Associate Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Immigration • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Los Angeles, CA

    Uhhhh...Nancy? " non-exploitation of the people coming in" contradicts what the bill is designed for.

    Cheap, sweat-shop style labor to replace jobs that poor and lower middle class Americans desperately need.

    How exactly can "non-exploitation" be measured Nancy?

    Finally the truth comes out.

    June 21, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Will - Miami, Fl

    Optimistic that he and Congress are going to force this unwanted bill on us and, in doing so, destroy the Republican party?

    June 21, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Mark Anderson, San Francisco, CA

    Nancy, you need to quit!

    June 21, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Connie, Louisville, Tn.

    Most of the illegals in this country do not want to become citizens. They come here and work and send money home and then return home. If we would quit the practice of "every baby born here is a citizen", we wouldn't have such a mess. If you have a baby in a foreign country, the baby is NOT a citizen of that country.

    June 21, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. t

    When she was elected as House Speaker I was willing to give this left wing, self absorbed, power hungry democrat the benifit of the doubt. I knew from her previous record that she would inevitably squander a historic opportunity of being the first lady Speaker.

    She talked big about what they were going to do in the first 100 hours of congress. How they would be for the people, honest, and transparent. Now we see who she is truely representing and as I am sure you know it is not you or I.

    The United States government has turned its back on America with this Immigration Amnesty Bill. They did it to us in 1986 and Regan promised that it would never happen again. Fast forward 21 years and here we are again.
    The government is now beholden to its Lobbyists and Big business has completely foresaken the will of the people.

    Eighty percent of the of the people in this country are against this Amnesty bill. Washington has been besieged by emails, phone calls, and letters and still they turn their backs on their constituents.

    I have supported the President in his war however bungled because of the principle of taking the fight to Radical Muslims before we fight it on American soil. I have been very critical on many other issues such as Stem cell, Dubai port deal, perscription drugs, but now I see he is willing to alienate his party for the sake of this amnesty bill and that really makes me angry. I am a conservative independent no party affiliation. I vote on issues not parties.

    By alligning himself with Pelosi for the sake of passing this bill is disgrace. He has truely lost my respect.

    June 21, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Tom W

    That anchor baby BS was pushed through by that "Liberal lyin(sp)" Ted Kennedy in the 60's and it was a bad idea then and it's even dumber now.

    Again people, this bill does not effect any of the losers that are voting on it, just us regular folks and finally something we ALL can agree on, THIS BILL STINKS, build a wall and simply ENFORCE OUR CURRENT LAWS.

    June 21, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. Steven Terrell, Sr. Knoxville, Iowa

    Terrorists? Illegal Criminal Aliens? Global warming? They aren't our worst enemies. Our politicians are our worst enemies! They are either trying to surrender us to terrorists, give our country to Illegal criminal aliens, or change our country into one country with Mexico and Canada! Who worries me most? The politicians we voted into office to protect us and our way of life! I think it's time for a regime change! We need people in government who's main concern is Keeping America safe and FREE for Americans! Vote the leeches out of office!!!

    June 21, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. Michael, Dallas, TX

    Good old frat boy pres. Always has to put his hands on political women. Whether it is the Speaker of the House in a photo op, or trying to give the Chancellor of Germany a backmassage in the middle of a working session. This man needs to grow up.

    June 22, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Ann Brunswick ME

    Pelosi, transparent as mudd.

    June 24, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Kristy Sanborn

    When two parties can come together on an issure as serious and sensitive as this immigration bill has been, I just knew when I read this report, before reading the blogs, that some were just not going to be happy about the possibility of these two parties coming to termes on this immigration issue.
    Like it or not, those people that want to abide by the laws and become Americans have just as much right to be an American as any other American has being born in the U.S.
    This immigration bill is by far, not Amensty, their citizenship is NOT being handed to them on a silver platter by any means. They have to earn their right to become an American Citizen, through this bill. And they have to pay a lot of money to become that American, and like it not, for people who don't, they will be as much of a AMERICAN as anyone, once they complete a very difficult program under this immigration bill.
    I don't think its an issue of some sweat house jobs they take away from Americans, as it is the fact that the immigrants won't HAVE to work for pennies. What are all employeer's who have made out so well employing them and barely paying them enough to maybe eat on, going to do then? They will have to pay them the same as any OTHER America if that bill passes, won't they? I have a newbreaker for the Americans that are so against this immigration bill, these immigrants, ARE as much as human as you and I are.
    Give it a chance, and give these parties a chance that are willing to at least try and come to an agreement. Watch and follow it closely and see how it goes. Maybe then some may realize that their citizenship is NOT being handed to them on a silver platter, they have to earn it. And if they do, then be a big enough person to welcome them to America, when they do.
    I guarentee one thing if this passes, for the ones who become Americans. THEY will be much MORE grateful for the freedom they have here in America than some of the American's are now. Because if some Americans were grateful for their freedom, they would be more grateful for the Leaders who protect it, even under the worst of scruteny. President George W. Bush's shoes are going to be very difficult to fill, and the ones who stand behind him and protect our country.
    The ones making the comments that they took the war over there, have already forgotten the lives in 9/11, when they.....came here.

    July 8, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. Your Own Worst Enemy Resurrectionville, USA

    Poor poor children that don't like the mirrors they look into, complaining like lemmings that listen to dividing voices. Which waters do your feet find prayer in? Whose colors won't you let in the same library? It probably hurts so much to even receive what emanates from the elegantly warm of Kingdom.

    December 14, 2007 04:06 am at 4:06 am |