Race is at the heart of House Republicans’ reluctance to pass an immigration overhaul this year, Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday.
“I think race has something to do with them not bringing up the immigration bill. I’ve heard them say to the Irish, ‘If it was just you, it would be easy,’ ” the House minority leader said, when asked about Republicans’ views on race in general.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill later clarified that she heard about those Republican comments from Irish immigration activists who visited Capitol Hill earlier this year.
But, Hammill added, “actions speak louder than words,” noting that Republicans have refused to vote on the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, while passing an amendment from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that would force the federal government to deport more “Dreamers.”