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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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    It appears that "help the needy" and "serve the poor" do not appear in right wingnut bibles. According to them, the words of Jesus must have been, "I got mine, you are on your own?"

    April 10, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. spike

    To those who write that Obama has had record deportations: Go to GAO website to find out that was just another lie. Less than half of what they reported is the truth.

    April 10, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Ed

    Seriously? The race card again? Democrats always seem to fall back upon this, regardless of it's relevance in the conversation. The meaning? They have little else to argue with...

    April 10, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Chris-E...al

    There have been a few disgraceful white presidents too . Great failures come in all colors it seems ?

    April 10, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Chris – So far, the only failures of presidents have been white. Bush, Hoover, Nixon, and a host of other republicans. Obama will go down in history as one of the most successful. I'll bet Hannity did not tell you that.

    April 10, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. it must be said

    Tampa Tim
    It appears that "help the needy" and "serve the poor" do not appear in right wingnut bibles. According to them, the words of Jesus must have been, "I got mine, you are on your own?"
    ---

    Democrats help: Hand out, good until next vote is needed
    Republicans help: Hand UP, good forever.

    Your choice America.

    April 10, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. truth hurts but reality bites

    Oh come on people! Who can possibly be shocked by these statements? It is an election year! Democrats have been running the country since 2006 and the economy is stagnant, creating minimal jobs, record unemployment, record debt, record deficits, record people in poverty, record people on food stamps, and the implosion of our healthcare system has started thanks to Obamacare.

    You really did think the Democrats were going to run on their record of failure did you?!!

    April 10, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Kristine

    Nancy Pelosi is a disgrace. She and Reid are the most divisive, arrogant, worthless members of our Congress..(Congress is the house and senate). I am so sick of them accusing republicans of being racist, not paying taxes, saying that the American people are lying and that their insurance policies really didn't get cancelled, etc.

    Shame on them! Shame on democrats for voting these old, worthless, idiots into office time and time again.

    April 10, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. it must be said

    Tampa Tim
    Obama will go down in history as one of the most successful.
    -–

    Successful WHAT?! Golfers? Campaigners? Fund Raisers? Teleprompter speech givers? Dividers? Race baiters? Demonizers? Liars? BINGO!!!!

    April 10, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Republicans are a disgrace. They always vote against the poor, the uninsured, seniors, veterans, and are the voice of arrogant billionaires.

    April 10, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    When was the last time any republican voted for a "hand up?" Nice bumper sticker, but another right wing lie.

    April 10, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Or conversely....

    Tampa Tim
    When was the last time any republican voted for a "hand up?"
    --

    When was the last time a Democrat DIDN'T vote for a HAND OUT???

    April 10, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "dems are bout outa time"
    ====

    *President Romney nods head sagely in agreement*

    April 10, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    The republicans have voted for tax cuts for the wealthy and tax breaks for big corporations. The rich who least need it are the ones with their hands out that republicans suck up to.

    April 10, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    When was the last time a Democrat DIDN’T vote for a HAND OUT???

    In the red states. Where the uneducated whites get all the freebies and vote GOP.

    April 10, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    What better way for republicans to unite our country than to vote 54 times against those who have no insurance, 30 times against women's reproductive rights, dozens of votes against veterans, votes to change Medicare, votes against homeless veterans, votes against the poor, children who need food?

    April 10, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. CALIFORNIA

    Pelosi is the racist.

    April 10, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Tony D

    Tampa Tim
    The republicans have voted for tax cuts for the wealthy and tax breaks for big corporations. The rich who least need it are the ones with their hands out that republicans suck up to.
    --

    You DO realize it is THEIR money right? It is not the governments money. And you DO realize they ALREADY pay for almost all the upkeep of this country right? While nearly 50% pay NOTHING, NADA, ZIP, ZILCH, BIG FAT ZERO!!

    Democrats have turned the federal tax code into legalized theft to fund their criminal supporting political party.

    April 10, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. just saying

    Tampa Tim
    What better way for republicans to unite our country than to vote 54 times against those who have no insurance
    --–
    50 million still don't have insurance! where are all these mythical millions of people wanting insurance?

    30 times against women's reproductive rights,
    --
    correction, killing babies is non-productive rights.

    dozens of votes against veterans, votes to change Medicare, votes against homeless veterans, votes against the poor, children who need food?
    --
    blah, blah, blah, more bs smoke and mirrors. no such votes, just more of your lies. 6 years, still record unemployment. face the facts, obama and democrats are failures.

    April 10, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. 2_indy1600

    @Tampa Tim..."so far the only failure of presidents have been white. Bush, Hoover, Nixon....."

    April 10, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. 2_indy1600

    @Tampa Tim: "So far the only failure of presidents have been white. Bush, Hoover, Nixon and a host of other republicans..."
    ++++++++++++++++
    Don't foget the failures of Waco Bill. At least Nixon had the decency to resign. The handling of one Jesus freak almost took Clinton's entire FBI down. The fact that Dems are okay with Clinton even being near the WH again tells me all that needs to be known. You guys have no principles, and Hillarity has no shame.

    April 10, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. don in albuquerque

    just saying

    No lies, just plain simple facts. The things you seem unable to understand.

    April 10, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Tampa Tim

    2-Indy – In February of 1993, in Clinton's first month we had Waco. If you read the events in the years leading up to Waco, I think you will find that law enforcement from all levels were involved. Your hero, David Koresh, or Vernon Howell, was not a nice person.

    April 10, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. 2_indy1600

    @Tampa "Your hero...was not a nice person."
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Overall, I'd have to rank the diddling and daddling with other women, which repeatedly humiliated his wife and our country, right up there with being "not a nice person," as well.

    April 10, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Republicans help: Hand UP, good forever."

    Yeah, a hand up your hoohoo attempting to control your womb. That's about it though.

    April 10, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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