Pelosi optimistic on immigration prospects in House
June 25th, 2013
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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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  1. Nogig

    America, this legislation is a direct betrayal of YOUR interests - for corporate profit.

    Beneath the hoopla of illegal immigration/border security lies MASSIVE increases in temporary foreign workers.

    The CBO report states that return on capital will increase while unemployment increases and wages fall. The richest will profit handsomely while escalating the suffering of this nation's poor and middle-class.

    If YOU are not actively writing your Senators and Congressmen, then you are a FOOL.

    Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.

    - Thomas Jefferson

    June 25, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Fair is Fair


    "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.
    Well, maybe the laws should be changed making it a criminal offense then, eh? But hey, I'm sure you'd find fault with that, right?

    June 25, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Rudy as usual you miss the whole point. And if this bunch eventually get's citizenship and this bill is supposed to make this the last time this happens I heve a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you. Working for peanuts under the table and working above the table is a whole different ballgame. Save your money Rudy, because you will need it to fund your retirement and probably all those new citizens, as well. Coming thru the front door is the only to do it. But the Liberal way is best, right? It worked so well in the housing market, and now Obama Care. Hey man, we will vote it in and it will work, right?

    June 25, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Galactus93

    Pelosi always reminds me of the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz. She is just as evil. We need our Federal laws enforced. Deport all illegal aliens and secure the border. NO AMNESTY and No legalization of illegal aliens.

    June 25, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Rudy as usual you miss the whole point. And if this bunch eventually get's citizenship and this bill is supposed to make this the last time this happens I heve a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you.
    Missed the point? What makes you think that I like the idea of allowing people who disregarded our laws go unpunished? I don't. I've posted here many times in the past that I don't buy into the "breaking up families" argument, not at all.

    It was the parents who put their kids in jeopardy, not the US legal system that they so blatantly disregarded. If the parent were thrown into jail cell a thousand miles away because the parent robbed a bank, you don't hear anyone complaining about breaking up families. So, why complain when the crime is illegal entry? Besides, if they're so worried about breaking up families, then take them with you. Don't blame the legal system for the life jeopardizing situation into which you thrust your loved ones. You accepted the risk, now deal with it.

    June 25, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Stan

    history demonstrates, election after election, that the 'Latino community ‘has NEVER supported a Republican president, EVEN AFTER A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT SIGNED AN AMNESTY BILL IN 1986.
    Again, rather than take the anyone's word for it, please read, digest, and think about the information below. It is authored by the Pew Research Center (hardly a bastion of conservative thought), and details the presidential election results for the "Hispanic" population.
    A similar study is available for congressional voting record preferences of the "Hispanic" population
    Will Hispanics Vote Democrat? A Look at Recent History
    Hispanic's Presidential voting record since 1980 (you do not have to be a statistics major to understand the trend):
    –1980 Jimmy Carter, 56% Ronald Reagan, 35% +21
    –1984 Walter Mondale, 61% Ronald Reagan, 37% +24 (passes Amnesty)
    –1988 Michael Dukakis, 69% George H.W. Bush, 30% +39
    –1992 Bill Clinton, 61% George H.W. Bush, 25% +36
    –1996 Bill Clinton, 72% Bob Dole, 21% +51
    –2000 Al Gore, 62% George W. Bush, 35% +27
    –2004 John Kerry, 58% George W. Bush, 40% +18 (Bush = Amnesty supporter)
    –2008 Barack Obama, 67% John McCain, 31% +36 (McCain = Amnesty supporter)
    –2012 Barack Obama, 71% Mitt Romney, 27% +44


    June 25, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Getoverit

    Just pass it so we can see what's in it.

    June 25, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Michael Benjamin

    What planet is Pelosi living on? Unless Boehner agrees to a coalition, the rabid right will never let this pass.

    June 25, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. kenman

    So once again you've stopped allowing comments but won't even notify your readers on the page anywhere?

    June 25, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. John Doe

    GOP is on it's way to become GRAND OBSOLETE PARTY!!!

    But saving one's seat will definitely be higher priority than the party – after all these House republicans are humans – driven by greed & selfishness. Let the party be destroyed but I will win 2014 elections!

    June 25, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. sly

    The Party of No will not vote for ANY legislation about ANYTHING, especially not immigration reform.

    Thank you Republicans: We will continue to have the same situation with 15 million illegal immigrants, FOREVER.

    There will never be any immigration reform, and of course, hispanics will continue to elect Democratic PResidents by voting 80% Democrat. As they should.

    There is only 1 party in America today – the other one disintegrated.

    June 25, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    It is so pathetic these congress idiots without reading the bill casting vote and it's passage. H1-B, J-1, L-1 guys are coming from India to rob the benefits and we need to cut it out be it IT, or Doctors. Period.

    June 25, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Phillip Andrews

    Hope she reads that bill before she votes for it.........idiot.

    June 25, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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