House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) admonished a reporter for using the term 'illegal alien' in a question about wages being suppressed for American workers by encouraging immigrants to come to the U.S. At her Thursday weekly press conference, Pelosi also said she doesn't understand "why there aren't uprisings all over the country" of people expressing outrage about the policy of separating migrant children from their parents.
"Yesterday, you outlined your plan to get a better deal for American workers. I'm just wondering, does promoting illegal aliens come to the United States and work here, suppressing wages of American workers?" a reporter from CNS News asked.
"That's not the point. Using terminology like 'illegal aliens illegally entering the country' is just not viewed as constructive," Pelosi said.
REPORTER: Yesterday, you outlined your plan to get a better deal for American workers. I'm just wondering, does promoting illegal aliens come to the United States and work here, suppressing wages of American workers?
HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI: So what is your organization?
QUESTION: CNS News.
PELOSI: What it is, darling (ph)?
QUESTION: CNS News.
PELOSI: CNS News. I'm -- I'm not familiar with that. But I welcome you, and I welcome your question.
That's not the point. Using terminology like "illegal aliens illegally entering the country" is just not viewed as constructive.
The fact is that we have -- we must protect our borders; that is our responsibility. We also must protect our values; that's our responsibility as well.
And we do believe that there can be a bipartisan way for us to come together to honor the values of our country and recognize that newcomers to our country are frequently the constant reinvigoration of America; bringing their hopes, their dreams, their aspirations, their optimism, their courage, their determination to make the future better for their families, are American traits. And in doing so, these newcomers make America more American.
Should -- we must protect our borders, yes. What we're talking about here, though, are asylum seekers, and that has nothing to do with illegal entry into the country.
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