Pelosi: Republicans Are Stalling on Immigration Reform Because of Racial Issues

“I’ve heard them say to the Irish, ‘If it was just you, it would be easy,’ ” Pelosi told reporters.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answers questions during a press conference October 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. Pelosi answered questions on the problems surrounding the website for the Affordable Care Act during her remarks. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Sarah Mimms
April 10, 2014, 7:34 a.m.

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.”


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