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Kinzinger: Pelosi, Dems Used to be 'Hawks' on Immigration

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 07 December 2018 03:59 PM

About a decade ago, Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were "hawks" on immigration, but now they have to placate the far-left wing of their voter base, Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Friday.

"[Now] you have the Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, far-left wing of their base that they have to placate," the Illinois Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom," "so they're not going to give anything."

His comments were in response to Pelosi declaring she won't accept a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in exchange for approving money to build a border wall. On Thursday, Congress approved a short term spending bill, avoiding a partial government shutdown and putting the immigration debate on hold for a few more weeks.

Pelosi added that she and most Democrats think the wall is "immoral, ineffective, and expensive."

"What blows me away is the word immoral," said Kinzinger. "These are the people that 10 years ago were the biggest hawks on immigration and wanted to do border security.

Kinzinger said he also wants comprehensive immigration reform, including fixing DACA, but first the border must be secured.

"This is an easy thing to do. It doesn't have to be just all about whacking the president on this issue," Kinzinger said. "Give him the money, build the wall, let's fix immigration and move on to other issues to argue about, because we always find new ones."

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Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were "hawks" on immigration, but now they have to placate the far-left wing of their voter base, Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Friday.
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