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Pelosi Blasts Immigration Panel of 'Five White Guys'

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By    |   Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:45 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi signaled there could be some strife within the Democratic Party when she took a shot at members of both parties who are working on immigration legislation.

"The five white guys I call them, you know," Pelosi said, Politico reported. "Are they going to open a hamburger stand next or what?"

Pelosi's comment was in reference to House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. The group met earlier this week as efforts to pass immigration reform intensify.

"That could've been done four months ago," Pelosi said. "The very idea that this week they're saying, 'Oh why don't we get four white guys and Gen. Kelly to come and do this.'"

Hoyer quickly fired back at Pelosi, telling Politico in a statement, "That comment is offensive. I am committed to ensuring Dreamers are protected and I will welcome everyone to the table who wants to get this done."

A spokesman for Pelosi later told Politico she was not trying to be critical of Hoyer or Durbin, the two Democrats on the five-person panel.

President Donald Trump has urged lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to come together and pass bipartisan immigration reform that would include funding for a border wall, the elimination of chain migration and the visa lottery program, and protections for people who have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

It was reported earlier this week that Kelly has been given the task of guiding Trump's immigration proposals through Congress.

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