Pelosi: 'Race' Part of the Reason GOP Won't Act on Immigration (Video)

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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that "race" is one reason Republicans are avoiding an immigration overhaul. During her weekly press conference, the California Democrat implied there were ulterior reasons Republicans weren't addressing immigration.  

"I think race has something to do with them not bringing up the immigration bill," Pelosi said. "I've heard them say to the Irish, 'If it was just you, it would be easy.'"

Pelosi was answering a question about a testy exchange Tuesday between Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Holder implied Wednesday that he was treated disrespectfully because of his race.  

In responding to Holder's comments, Pelosi offered her off-the-cuff thoughts on the role of race in an immigration overhaul.  

Pelosi said she didn't know how much race played into Republican criticism of Obama administration officials. But she said the contempt for women was "self-evident."