Pelosi suggests Republicans not acting on immigration because of race
April 10th, 2014
01:58 PM ET
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Pelosi suggests Republicans not acting on immigration because of race

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested House Republicans were blocking action on immigration reform because of racial issues.

"I think race has something to do with the fact that they're not bringing up an immigration bill," Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference Thursday.

Referring to GOP members, Pelosi added, "I've heard them say to the Irish, 'If it was just you, this would be easy.'"

Pelosi was responding to a question about Attorney General Eric Holder's remarks at a civil rights event suggesting congressional Republicans treated him and President Obama differently than others who have held their positions. The Democratic Leader sidestepped whether she believed race was a factor in the GOP's posture, but said of congressional Republicans, "generally speaking they are disrespectful to the representatives of the President's administration, very disrespectful."

Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, didn't directly respond to Pelosi citing race, but insisted the House isn't moving forward on immigration legislation because Republicans don't trust the President to carry out the laws in place now.

"The Speaker has said again and again he wants to address the broken immigration system. The problem right now is that we have too many examples of the President not enforcing current laws," Steel told CNN.


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  1. Tampa Tim

    One thing for sure, Palestine, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Slovenia, Tunisia, and the Republican Party hate America.

    April 10, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. You Got It

    Pelosi playing the race card instead of engaging in a factual debate – typical slander politics by a typcial crony politician.

    In 2009, then-Speaker Pelosi passed a national energy tax, known as “cap and trade” through the House of Representatives. The bill was so toxic, the Democrat-controlled Senate didn’t even vote on it. If passed into law, it would have caused Americans’ energy bills to skyrocket.
    Nancy Pelosi showed how seriously Democrats take our country’s fiscal crisis when she said earlier this year that it was a “false argument” to say our country has a spending problem.
    In September 2013, Pelosi scoffed at the idea of further spending reductions and said there were “no more cuts to make.” When our government is funding robo-squirrels and climate change musicals, it’s simply delusional for Pelosi to suggest there’s no waste to be found.

    April 10, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. it must be said

    Race baiting is now the official Democrat Party tactic... They don't care about the damage this does to the country, as long as they can use it to stay in power and use the minorities in this country like pawns. It doesn't get much lower than this people.

    April 10, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. rs

    Hmmmmm. Republicans won't vote on reforms that will largely effect Hispanics, who largely don't vote for Republicans because of their policies. Yeah, that might be it, or...
    It is just the "Party of No!" acting in full character pounding in another coffin nail in their 2014 elections.
    You can't fix stupid!

    April 10, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "The problem right now is that we have too many examples of the President not enforcing current laws"

    They live in an alternate freekin reality:

    1. Obama's enforced the crap out of existing immigration laws.

    2. Heckler v. Chaney.

    3. Grow up, reality-deniers. The "lalalalalala, I can't hear you I can't hear you I can't hear you I can't hear you I can't hear you I can't hear you lalalalalala" game is for toddlers.

    April 10, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    That is just getting to be such a broken record from this bunch of Democrat criminals.

    April 10, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. smith

    Does this really surprise anyone? Pelosi playing the racecard is the liberal way now. Both the dems and the repubs.want the hispanic vote that is this issue sits in limbo. Shame on both parties.

    April 10, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. rs

    "The Speaker has said again and again he wants to address the broken immigration system. The problem right now is that we have too many examples of the President not enforcing current laws,"
    __________________________________
    Too bad the GOP cannot cite any.

    April 10, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Chris-E...al

    IT never ends race. gender. gays. If they cared so much they would have passed these important issues like they passed the not so ACa . Its all about the wool over the eye and pulling trix out of a hat an stacking lies so tall they would stretch around the world in order to get a uninformed voters vote .

    April 10, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Vence

    No immigration reform from GOP no Hispanic vote period!

    April 10, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. tom l

    Wow. Just wow. It's just so sad and pathetic the road that our "mis"representatives are taking us down. I cannot believe how divisive both parties are now. I can't remember a time when our elected leaders have don't so much to pit one American against another. Yes, George Bush did it with his "either your with us or your against us" line and that was disgusting. But every single topic, every single day we have our president and our leaders pitting a group of Americans against another group of Americans. It has to stop. In the immortal words of Rodney King "Can't we all just get along?"

    What a horrible horrible person.

    April 10, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. What's new?

    Representative Nancy Pelosi needs quit being lazy and to debate the details of immigration reform on merit instead of non-productive, mis-characterizations of the Republican opposition. Calling Republicans racists may get one sympathy, press coverage, and votes, but it accomplishes nothing else. BTW: In general, claiming racism when confronted with opposition is getting stale, unproductive and much overused.

    April 10, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    I must say that this is the most bigoted Congress that I've seen in my lifetime. And that's not a coincidence.

    April 10, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Miami Mike

    As Pelosi and the Democrats want to reward criminals for illegally entering the country and breaking US Law.

    The funny thing is that the Democrats want you, the US citizen tax payer to pay for all of it! Who needs better education, better infrastructure, a better United States when the Democrats are more than willing to give it all away to people that blatantly disregard US Law.

    April 10, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. TONE

    @You Got It

    Pelosi playing the race card instead of engaging in a factual debate – typical slander politics by a typcial crony politician.

    The fact is the republicans are racist ask the President. What factual debate are you talking about, are you in a dream world Republicans factual debate do not go together

    April 10, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Pelosi was responding to a question about Attorney General Eric Holder's remarks at a civil rights event suggesting congressional Republicans treated him and President Obama differently than others who have held their positions.
    --------------------------------–
    The fact that House Republicans are holding people in contempt speaks for itself. Rep. Gohmert's comment suggesting that the Attorney General was unfazed and didn't care about the contempt charge against him sounded like a backhanded way of calling AG Holder lazy.

    Most particularly offensive about Gohmert's attack, is how he used that charge of indifference as a given, as a baseline assumption, as if it were a known fact beyond dispute. It laid the groundwork for Gohmert's accusation that the DOJ was not cooperating with the investigation committee, insinuating that they were being lazy.

    April 10, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. rla

    Pelosi- ??? Wow this from the party that has kept the blacks in democratic servitude for decades while lowering their standards and social skills for votes??? Shame is obviously not part of her moral skill set!

    April 10, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    Wow. Just wow. It's just so sad and pathetic the road that our "mis"representatives are taking us down. I cannot believe how divisive both parties are now. I can't remember a time when our elected leaders have don't so much to pit one American against another. Yes, George Bush did it with his "either your with us or your against us" line and that was disgusting. But every single topic, every single day we have our president and our leaders pitting a group of Americans against another group of Americans. It has to stop. In the immortal words of Rodney King "Can't we all just get along?"

    What a horrible horrible person.
    -----------------------–
    Why are you calling Rodney King a horrible, horrible person? Wasn't he the apparent victim?

    April 10, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Reggie53

    Why doesn't this woman go and take her place in her rocking chair. It is people like her with closed partisan minds that is causing all the problems in Washington. It should be once you have served 5 terms you retire. New faces are needed in Wahington but I mean people who can be trusted. We need good leaders which we do not have right now especially in the WH. Another one that needs to retire is Harry Reid...he has served enough time in the Senate. We do not need his partisan politics anymore. I am tired of this race card being used by these liberals/democrats. I am a black woman and I am disgusted that these folks are using us as their scapegoats. I do not need them to speak on my behalf....I can do it on my own. Do they think we are not capable of speaking out for ourselves? Is that why the democrats/Clinton thought we needed affirmative action? Is it because they think that we are so dumb!!!!!!!! We, the black people, have to put a stop these politicians using us to push their careers ahead while we are losing our identity because we are being kept under the thumb of the government collecting their freebies.

    April 10, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Steve

    Clearly racial prejudice is deeply embedded in the typical Republican's viewpoint. However, there are legitimate reasons to not simply overlook the fact that illegal immigrants are felons who must be made to pay a significant penalty for their disregard of our laws. Personally, I don't particularly care what is the racial or cultural heritage of the illegal immigrants. But I'm an independent, not a Republican.

    April 10, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Iiksskinaa

    In my opinion, Republicans are not going to give any try or faint attempt at any dem sponsored bill. Boehner will not allow anything that will give democrats a boost before midterm elections. GOP will continue to stall and block any whitehouse or dem legislation because they know that if the votes really are there than such a vote will further drop the approval of the GOP (All the while pointing fingers at the President at not progressing the country enough [but really, cause he isnt white]). It is funny to me because the way I see it, if the GOP indeed take back the senate and mantain the house, then they will reintroduce the same legislation... except with their name on it. It seems as though the Republicans are frustrated that they are not accomplishing the goals first.

    April 10, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Randy, San Francisco

    Rep Pelosi is right on. The Republican Tea Party has been playing the Southern strategy race card since the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Democrats used to dominate the South until desegregation and passage of civil rights legislation. Republicans broadened their race targets to include immigrants.

    April 10, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Silence DoGood

    There have been more racist events, comments, quotes from the GOP than just a fringe smattering. And don't get me started on the real fringe and Tea Party folks. Not only is there an obvious and strong racial component but the GOP is shamelessly using this to fuel anti-Obama rhetoric.

    You want facts? Google for republican racist comments however you like. I will leave it to you to spent actual brain power here if you really care.

    Pelosi is calling out the obvious and good for her to do so. It is the elephant (pun intended) in the room.

    April 10, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Silence DoGood

    Major Expose:
    The Dems are in fact getting non-whites and women to vote for them.....
    .....because they actually want to do something for them.

    April 10, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Tom l

    I was not calling Rodney King a horrible person. I was referring to Nancy pelosi.

    Astounding that's what you choose to respond to but very typical of you, Rudy. You love to glom on to some small ancillary part if my comments rather than the true meat of the comment.

    April 10, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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