House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is facing new criticism from conservatives over her remarks this week in defense of amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants.
During a House floor speech on Thursday, she declared migrants the “true and legitimate heirs…of our founders,” Breitbart reported.
“They all make America more American”
Pelosi went on to claim that her party’s latest amnesty proposal “honors the truth that immigrants are the constant reinvigoration of our country.”
While many on the right focus on the fact that the individuals she referenced crossed the U.S. border illegally, Pelosi highlighted “their hopes and dreams and aspirations.”
The Democratic leader described so-called Dreamers — individuals brought into the country illegally as minors who later enrolled in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — as representative of their parents’ “courage,” adding that “they all make America more American, with all of that.”
In an attempt to convince Americans that undocumented immigrants, particularly Dreamers, “are American in every way,” Pelosi went so far as to quote President Ronald Reagan’s final speech in office.
“Thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we’re a nation for every young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge, always leading the world into the next frontier,” Reagan said in 1987. “This quality is vital to the future, our future as a nation. If we ever close the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”
Notably, multiple sources indicate that Reagan later came to regret his support of a widespread amnesty push in 1986.
A proposed pathway to citizenship
The latest effort from Democrats in that regard came in the form of H.R. 6, also known as the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021.
Estimates show that the proposal would grant a pathway to citizenship for as many as 4.4 million of the roughly 11 million to 22 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States.
Those eligible would include individuals who qualify for DACA protections as well as those who have received Temporary Protected Status.
Along with 218 House Democrats, nine Republicans voted in favor of the bill on Thursday. As of now, however, it does not appear as though H.R. 6 will have sufficient GOP support to survive a filibuster and advance to President Joe Biden’s desk.