Nancy Pelosi Trolls GOP By Quoting Ronald Reagan In First Speech Of New Speaker Term
On Thursday, the first day of the newly-sworn in 116th Congress, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recalled the feelings held by former Republican President Ronald Reagan when it came to immigrants entering America — and called out other Republican lawmakers for not applauding his sentiments.
Pelosi, speaking in her first speech as Speaker of the House since she lost the gavel in 2011, pointed out that even Reagan recognized the critical role that immigrants played in our society.
“He said, ‘If we ever close the door to new Americans, our leadership role in the world will soon be lost,'” Pelosi pointed out, according to reporting from CNN.
In her speech, Pelosi was outlining the need for reforms to our immigration laws, particularly taking the country in a direction that is more empathetic to the concerns of Dreamers — immigrants who were brought to America as children and have, for all intents and purposes, grown up as Americans, without official documentation declaring them as citizens.
PELOSI: "When we're talking about the Dreamers, let us remember what President Reagan said in his last speech as POTUS… He said 'if we ever close the door to new Americans, our leadership role in the world will soon be lost.'" pic.twitter.com/C5TrjS7OM6
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Following her quote from Reagan, Pelosi took a slightly incredulous tone with her Republican colleagues, who remained seated and didn’t acknowledge the sentiments of the former president.. “No applause for Ronald Reagan?” she asked rhetorically, while Democratic legislators in the chamber stood clapping.
With her and hundreds of other members of her party being officially sworn in on Thursday, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. One of their priorities will undoubtedly be pushing for the passage of the DREAM Act, which would give Dreamers a pathway toward citizenship, reported Roll Call in November.
Passage of the DREAM Act could face strong opposition in the Senate, where Republicans still control that body of the legislature. Even if enough Republicans switched their vote to support the measure, it would likely be vetoed by President Donald Trump upon reaching his desk in the White House.