Pressley responds to Pelosi dismissal of votes against border bill

Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyCongressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements Ayanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia MORE responded Monday evening to House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE’s (D-Calif.) remarks about Pressley's and three other freshman Democrats' votes against a President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE-backed border aid bill.

“This is an issue of consequence to the country and [the 7th Congressional District], specifically, which is 40 percent immigrant,” Pressley told the Boston NPR affiliate WGBH on its program “Greater Boston.”

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In an interview with The New York Times published over the weekend, Pelosi said Pressley — as well as Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMedia's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibCongressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' MORE (Mich.) — "have their public whatever and their Twitter world" but "didn’t have any following."

"They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got," Pelosi added.

"I do not believe that that advances the cause, or helps our party or strengthens us going into 2020," Pressley said.

"I sat at the table and worked to improve that House bill to get in protections that were not there around health standards, and to offer some metrics of transparency and accountability," she added, saying she ultimately voted against it because of what she felt was a lack of accountability for Border Patrol.

Pressley appeared on the show with Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Lawmakers press Trump officials to change federal marijuana rules Trump and Pelosi clash over Iran, impeachment MORE III (D-Mass.) after they both visited migrant detention facilities in El Paso and Clint, Texas, last week. Pressley and Kennedy both said they witnessed unprofessional behavior from Border Patrol on the visit.

Pressley told WGBH that women in the facility told them they had been housed in outdoor tents but abruptly moved indoors before the congressional delegation arrived, with some women saying they did not know where their children were.

“It was clear that this is a culture that is corrupt, that is chaotic, that is callous,” she added, saying the immigration system was not “broken, but it’s actually doing what it was designed to do. This is about the criminalizing of people who are seeking asylum.”