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Pelosi, Schumer ‘Used to’ Care About ‘Poorest Citizens’ Before Prioritizing Illegal Immigrants

As 'The Ingraham Angle' explains, Dem leaders 'seem more like the Grinch making promises to' the undocumented

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) “used to claim that they cared about our poorest citizens” — but now they “seem more like the Grinch making promises to” illegal immigrants, Fox News host Laura Ingraham said Wednesday night on “The Ingraham Angle.”

Schumer and Pelosi met on Tuesday with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office to discuss whether or not they could reach a budget agreement before federal funding expires and a government shutdown commences.

Reporters and cameras captured the first 15 minutes of the contentious meeting, as Trump passionately demanded full border wall funding — and the Democrats adamantly rejected that.

“If we don’t get what we want one way or the other … I will shut down the government,” Trump said.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security because the people of this country don’t want criminals with lots of problems and drugs pouring into the country,” he added.

Ingraham specifically pointed to a Forbes article from February noting that Americans “cross-subsidize health care for unauthorized immigrants to the tune of $18.5 billion a year.”

“Now with that money, we could build a triple wall with all sorts of cool stuff on it along the border. Come on — $18.5 billion?” Ingraham said. “The president knows well that our loose asylum laws — another issue, the catch and release policy, chain migration — have also acted as magnets, and that has ballooned our illegal immigrant population.”

“Once in country, [illegal immigrants] place an enormous stress on local law enforcement, as I said, health care providers, and our schools — resources that should be benefitting Americans and legal immigrants,” Ingraham added. “This money should be spent on our people and the people who respected our laws to come here — not on noncitizens who are illegally present.”

Ingraham lamented that Democrats like Schumer and Pelosi “used to claim that they cared about our poorest citizens, the little guy. But this year, Chuck and Nancy seem more like the Grinch making promises to the illegals.”

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“Well, sure — give all the goodies to the illegals and leave the poor and the working class to pick up the bill,” Ingraham continued. “Let’s hope that Trump is successful before Christmas in getting the wall funded,” she added, “and let’s hope Congress finally gets its act together and remembers the meaning of that oath that they all took.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), who served as vice chairman of Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, told Ingraham there are “three major losers when we have unbridled illegal immigration right now.”

“The first, as has been mentioned, is the American worker, because not only are those jobs taken, you also have wage depression,” Kobach said. “Secondly, the taxpayer. The total amount, net — even if you take into [account] the taxes illegal immigrants pay — the total amount that we taxpayers are on the hook for every year is over $100 billion, if you get state expenditures and federal expenditures.”

“Let’s hope Congress finally gets its act together and remembers the meaning of that oath that they all took.”

“And then the third category of people who lose are the victims of the thousands upon thousands of illegal alien-committed crimes and, as President Trump pointed out in that discussion yesterday, there is the terrorism risk, as well,” Kobach added.

“So we have a very real cost in terms of our security, our jobs and [our] tax burden.”

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