On Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she and other Democrats are committed to ensuring that President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries will not affect people of color.
She spoke after a meeting of the House Progressive Caucus, a group of House Democrats, on Capitol Hill.
During the meeting, Pelosi spoke about the impact of the executive order on people of different ethnicities and backgrounds.
“This executive order has been a divisive issue.
It has divided us.
It’s been divisive to the point where some members have said they feel discriminated against,” Pelosi said.
“I think it’s time to stop playing politics.
We’re not going to be bullied.
We are going to fight for this president’s agenda.
I think we have a responsibility to do that.”
The House Progressive Coalition includes Democratic House members and leadership, and includes some House Democrats who caucus with the Democrats on the Democratic National Committee.
The group said in a statement Friday afternoon that it was “pleased that the Speaker and the progressive caucus, in addition to the president, are committed on behalf of the American people to upholding the fundamental principle that all are created equal.”
The Progressive Caucus statement continued: “We are grateful for Speaker Pelosi’s call for unity and to assure her colleagues that we will not tolerate any effort to further discriminate against people of any race, creed, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
We have been on the front lines of this fight and we will continue to do so.”
Trump’s executive action sparked protests, with people across the nation saying the move was discriminatory.
In response, the White House issued a statement saying that it will review the executive action “to ensure it does not impact anyone in our country who has a legal right to come to the U.S. lawfully.”
Pelosi said she does not agree with that interpretation.
“It’s not my intention to discriminate against anyone.
It is not my intent to discriminate,” Pelosi told reporters after the meeting.
“It is my intention, as a member of the Progressive Caucus and as a human being, to be a leader for all of our people.”
The group has been trying to push the administration to review the order.