Pelosi optimistic on immigration prospects in House
June 25th, 2013
08:58 AM ET
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Pelosi optimistic on immigration prospects in House

(CNN) – Despite signs from House Republicans they'll oppose any immigration measure that includes a pathway to citizenship, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remained optimistic Tuesday that a bill overhauling the nation's immigration laws could pass the lower chamber.

Speaking on CNN's "New Day," the California Democrat said Republicans looking to improve their electoral outlook among Latino voters will ultimately line up behind a bill that creates a fairer system for people who want to come to the United States.

"One of the reasons this bill is a priority for the Republicans in Congress and especially in the Senate is because in the last election, Hispanic voters went 70% for President Obama," Pelosi told CNN's Kate Bolduan. "That sent an eloquent message to them that if they wanted to be relevant as they went down the road, they had to attract Hispanic voters, and not only Hispanic but other immigrant voters to our country."

The Senate passed a key test vote on a border security amendment Monday to a larger bipartisan immigration reform bill supporters hope to approve by the end of the week. The 67-27 vote needed at least 60 votes to move forward.

Backers of the bill were hoping to win about 70 votes to demonstrate growing bipartisan momentum for the larger proposal as it nears final passage in the Democratic-controlled Senate and heads to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

In that chamber, a separate bipartisan group has been working on drafting immigration reform legislation, yet some Republicans have labeled any pathway to citizenship as "amnesty," and vowed to oppose it.

But Pelosi predicted Tuesday that pressure to become more attractive to Latino voters would outweigh GOP opposition to the bill.

"Now they've had an epiphany on the subject…hopefully, they'll urge the Senate, the House Democrats and the House Republicans, to work together to get a bill," Pelosi said.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Optimism is good. But it doesn't mean didly squat when you have a bunch of radicals on one side of the aisle who don't believe in compromise or helping the President get a win under his belt.

    June 25, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Time to get rid of the GOP garbage of America party in the house and senate in 2014 midterms. The GOP is totally incompetent and to stupid to govern and doesn't even listen to the voters, screw the GOP conservative trash!!!!

    June 25, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Immigration reform will pass in the House only if Speaker Boehner swallows his pride and shows some courage. He must risk the wrath of Tea Partiers by working a bipartisan way with Minority Leader Pelosi and Democrats.

    June 25, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. ST

    Well said Nancy Pelosi. Republicans have been given a big test. They should either pass it or fail it. It is up to them.

    June 25, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Stuffit

    Remember this is the same one who told us we would love Obozocare but we had approve it before we could no what it was. Also one of the people who inspired the IRS to declare war on the T Party by degrading and demeaning the legitimate feelings of American taxpayers.

    June 25, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Tigas

    Riddle me this:
    Q: And this bill benefits US citizens how?
    Q: Why are we rewarding criminal immigrants that have blatantly broke the law?

    June 25, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. 82ndABNVET

    "One of the reasons this bill is a priority for the Republicans in Congress and especially in the Senate is because in the last election, Hispanic voters went 70% for President Obama," Pelosi told CNN's Kate Bolduan. "That sent an eloquent message to them that if they wanted to be relevant as they went down the road, they had to attract Hispanic voters, and not only Hispanic but other immigrant voters to our country."

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    False. They will not vote Republican if granted AMNESTY. For one, they can already vote. Very little enforcment of voter IDs or registration.

    So, I dont really see any significant amount of ILLEGALS all of the sudden voting for the REPUBS.

    Nothing will change, aside from more and more ILLEGALS crossing over and voting for the DEMS. The REPUBS will get shafted again.

    June 25, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "Q: Why are we rewarding criminal immigrants that have blatantly broke the law?"

    Learn that it's not a crime but a civil offense and then maybe, once you don't sound totally uninformed, people will want to engage you in conversation past correcting you.

    June 25, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    If the House passes that bill, America WILL become a totalitarian state.

    June 25, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "That [70% of Hispanics voted for Obama in 2012] sent an eloquent message to them [Republicans] that if they wanted to be relevant as they went down the road, they had to attract Hispanic voters, and not only Hispanic but other immigrant voters to our country."
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    The only messages that Republicans listen to are the ones coming from people named Rush, Sean, Glen or Bill.

    June 25, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    Stuffit

    Remember this is the same one who told us we would love Obozocare but we had approve it before we could no what it was. Also one of the people who inspired the IRS to declare war on the T Party
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    Since I doubt this was ever reported on your "source" Faux Snews......liberal groups were also scrutinized but facts don't matter to the sheep. What Rush, Glen, and the rest say is good enough for them

    June 25, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Rand Paul would not support civil rights, or immigration reform. He does support eliminating women's reproductive rights in the name of making government smaller?

    June 25, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    If immigration reform passes, does this mean that Rick will not be able to post his nonsense, because we are then a totalitarian state?

    June 25, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Me Opnistic too,
    We need those back taxes and all those fines. Shall we round it off to $50,000.00 Each. And Cash on the Barrelhead. No charging it, Liberal's. Uhhm, I am also optinstic Nancy is going to become a Saint. Can't you just hear those Trumpets.
    For those of you that are blasting Republicians. They are all moving their money Off Shore so you will be scraping the bottom of the barrel if you waqnt to survive. That's what you voted for. Happy Landings.

    June 25, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatrolls have a choice:

    Kill immigration reform by trying to kill or set impossible requirements for the pathway to citizenship, and thereby put the nail in their coffin with the Hispanic and minority communities; OR

    Pass this with a pathway to citizenship by relying on Dem votes (instead of insisting on that Hastert Rule nonsense), and thereby risk that it will be decades before they can fix their standing with the Hispanic and minority communities, if ever.

    It's that simple. Choose.

    June 25, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    GOP/Teatrolls have a choice:

    Kill immigration reform by trying to kill or set impossible requirements for the pathway to citizenship, and thereby put the nail in their coffin with the Hispanic and minority communities; OR

    Pass this with a pathway to citizenship by relying on Dem votes (instead of insisting on that Hastert Rule nonsense), and thereby risk that it will be decades before they can fix their standing with the Hispanic and minority communities, if ever.

    It's that simple. Choose.
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    Absolutely. Pick your poison GOP. Regardless of which you choose, you're policies still suck and your effort at outreach is an utter disgrace.

    June 25, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Thomas

    I would like a commitment from any new immigrants , that they only have two children .

    I see more immigrants with 4, 5, or children.

    Crazy

    June 25, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Ray E. (Georgia)

    All those illegals if they become citizens they will then be able to demand a living wage. With that they will also start qualifying for and paying into Social Security. The Employer pay's half. add on Health Insurance, sans Obama Care and you heve what is already coming. Nobody and I mean nobody is going to hire all these now citizens. Soo, they will now be able to collect welfare. Uh, Oh. More National Debt! You like the Nanny State now. This will be the Nanny State on Sterriods. And remember, those that have money are all off shore. Out of reach of the Nanny state.

    June 25, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think it will get as many votes in the House as she thinks. This means it isn't likely to pass in the House.

    June 25, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Data Driven

    Very interesting comments from Pelosi. If anyone knows the House, it's she. But in my opinion, the "tea party" Congresscritters don't care about any possible "demographic death spiral" or even the Republican Party. Their districts are gerrymandered lock-solid to a deep crimson hue, and that's that.

    We'll see.

    June 25, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "I would like a commitment from any new immigrants , that they only have two children . "

    Constitution? What Constitution?

    June 25, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Name

    The House republicans just want to talk tough at this time, pretending that they decide for themselves, wait until Grover Norquist tells them to vote "yes" on the immigration bill.

    June 25, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. California

    If democrats are so concerned about companies taking advantage of illegals then why not support E-Verify?

    June 25, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "But in my opinion, the "tea party" Congresscritters don't care about any possible "demographic death spiral" or even the Republican Party. Their districts are gerrymandered lock-solid to a deep crimson hue, and that's that."

    That can only last so long and you can bet your bippy that they're concerned about their impending Demographic Armageddon...it's the primary reason for and the primary underlying math of the gerrymandering in the first place. What it has done is isolate them into insular, rabidly conservative districts that will insist upon their representatives taking further action against the minority community and these demographic shifts...but it's all howling at the moon because it can't be stopped and the only result it will have is to further damage the GOP/Teatroll brands with the minority community the longer they deny reality, trying to resist their absolute need to change, put down some of their toys, abandon some of their ideology and policy positions and start becoming responsive to a wider community of voters.

    June 25, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    All those illegals if they become citizens they will then be able to demand a living wage. With that they will also start qualifying for and paying into Social Security. The Employer pay's half. add on Health Insurance, sans Obama Care and you heve what is already coming. Nobody and I mean nobody is going to hire all these now citizens.
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    Dude, they're already working off the books as it is and paying no taxes. The Reforms would make it illegal to knowingly hire illegals. Making them legal would make them ELIGIBLE to pay taxes. Right now they pay only sales taxes. They pay no income taxes because they cannot do so without an SSI number.

    June 25, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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