Pressley responds to Pelosi dismissal of votes against border bill

Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Family member of 9/11 victim calls out Omar, 'Squad' at memorial ceremony MORE responded Monday evening to House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWords matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE’s (D-Calif.) remarks about Pressley's and three other freshman Democrats' votes against a President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty 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-CortezSuper PAC head spars with CNN's Cuomo over Ocasio-Cortez ad Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey in Senate race amid speculation over Kennedy candidacy MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 We must stand together against hatred GOP retreat creates WiFi password blasting socialism MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight We must stand together against hatred 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 KennedyYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey in Senate race amid speculation over Kennedy candidacy The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Democrats set for Lone Star showdown 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.”