Skip to comments.Pelosi: Race playing role in GOP's reluctance to move immigration bill
Posted on 04/10/2014 10:19:52 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Pelosi: Race playing role in GOP's reluctance to move immigration bill Greg Nash
By Mike Lillis - 04/10/14 01:00 PM EDT
Issues of race have made GOP leaders reluctant to back immigration reform, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) charged Thursday.
The Democratic leader suggested that the Republicans would have moved a reform bill long ago if whites were the only beneficiaries.
"I think race has something to do with the fact that they're not bringing up an immigration bill," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "I've heard them say to the Irish, 'If it were just you, this would be easy.' "
The remarks came in response to a question about the often-testy relationship between congressional Republicans and the administration of President Obama, the nation's first black president.
There's long been grumbling among Democrats that Obama's race has exacerbated the partisan divide between the White House and Capitol Hill Republicans, highlighted recently by a flare-up between Attorney General Eric Holder, who is black, and Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee.
Pelosi was reluctant to say that race issues have fueled those tensions, arguing more broadly that Republicans have been "very disrespectful" of White House officials regardless of their ethnicity.
"I don't really want to go to that place, I would just say that their disdain for anybody who disagrees with them is pretty across the board," Pelosi said.
On the more personal topic of women's issues, Pelosi wasn't as reserved.
"I don't want to go to the race piece, but it certainly applies to women," she said. "It's so self-evident."
Amid the years-long debate on immigration reform, some Republicans have raised eyebrows for race-based comments surrounding the topic.
Last year, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) suggested most beneficiaries of the Dream Act were drug mules.
"For every one whos a valedictorian, theres another hundred out there who they weigh 130 pounds and theyve got calves the size of cantaloupes because theyve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert," he said.
Around the same time, Rep. Don Young (R-Ala.) was forced to publicly apologize after referencing the "50 to 60 wetbacks" his family would hire to pick tomatoes on his family's ranch years ago. The term is a derogatory reference to the Hispanic migrants who would often cross the Rio Grand to enter the country.
They have found they can call the GOP racists and win ... in virtually every problem on the political scene today.
Nancy can eat a bag of dicks.
...oh yeah, when Pelosi’s great grandad said, “Ye shall not surely die”
I don’t think the people of San Fransisco should be able to vote for people who set policy that I have to live by. It’s time to break up this union.
Nanzi: Miss Lube Rack of 1928.
i think Obama opposes Boehner because he’s white.
Remember when the Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Bill in the 1960’s?
The Dems have always been racist going back to the 1860’s at least.
Amazing that the Irish are brought up. Nothing to do with race, Pelosi, you ignoramus. People were against the Irish in the 1800’s because they were seen as taking jobs. However, I believe that the Irish came here LEGALLY.
Besides, stopping illegal invaders from stealing our jobs and committing brutal crimes in our country has nothing to do with race. It has to do with common sense.
Why didn’t you do it while you were Queen of the Nut House Nancy or were you saving it for just this type of election coming up
“People were against the Irish in the 1800s because they were seen as taking jobs.”
Religion was an issue as well; they weren’t WASPs, who feared the Irish would destroy the country they’d built. In hindsight, the WASPs were probably right; to this day too many Irish vote Democrat as though it is 1860.
Without claims of GOP racism, what would the Dems have?
I despise that race of elitists residing in DC who think they are entitled to keep me in line, dictate my dos and don'ts, while calling me names.
From now until November.
What really begs the question, here; is the assumption that race & ethnicity are not legitimate considerations in formulating an immigration policy. They certainly were important to the Founding Fathers, who gave us the political culture we are trying to preserve.
Coincidentally, consider Significance of Crimea's Return To Russia.
From now until the public turns against this idiocy, once & for all. So long as it works for them, they will continue to use it.
The left never stops with the race card, ever!
Someone needs to retaliate one of these days and call Pelosi a pedophile in front of the cameras. Let’s see how she handles being slandered.
Word has it Pelosi “”LOVES”” women.
She’s past the sex part. But the women part, no.
What a lying B##ch.
Pelosi and the Democrats are getting boring with their blame game.
Before she goes into one of her hysterical, nonsensical tirades, she should explain why the Democrats refuse to secure the borders. And then, in due time, deal with the illegal aliens already here.
Pelosi could support initiatives to sort out and deport the criminal element and gang members, the then work with the lawmakers to come up with a compassionate approach for those hard working, law abiding, tax paying illegal immigrants who jumped the line to get into our country.
There is no hurry to do that; they have been in this country for generations, and can wait until we have a fair and balanced remedy that is acceptable and fair to those who waited in line.
Are the Democrats angry because we do not want to do again what we did in 1987 that only encouraged tens of millions more to illegally immigrate to the USA? Why implement a proven, failed policy?
We could turn this around on them. If tens of millions of white illegal immigrants were flooding in, taking jobs from blacks and Hispanics and voting Republican, those same “compassionate” liberals would be screaming for them to be forcibly removed from this country.
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