The escalating tension between the White House and House Republicans over immigration was on display Tuesday with both sides publicly taking pot shots at each other.
Jay Carney slammed House Speaker John Boehner who said he has worked hard on border security: “The idea that you can, oh, I don’t know, declare yourself to have been more committed than anyone to improve our immigration system and then have nothing to show for it is a little laughable,” Carney mocked, according to the Washington Post.
Boehner’s office replied that the speaker attempted immigration reform in Obama’s first term, but Obama didn’t want to address it until now.
But the best slam came from Rep. Trey Gowdy who called Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer a “demagogic self-serving political hack who can’t even be elected to a parent advisory committee, much less Congress.”
One of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s immigration proposals is similar to the Dream Act and addresses children brought over illegally to the U.S.
However, Democrats criticize that proposal “saying it would fail to address the fate of millions of other undocumented immigrants, including parents and relatives of those who would be helped,” the article said.
Obama assistant and advior Dan Pfeiffer tweeted his criticism of Cantor’s proposal:
Gowdy addressed Pfeiffer’s tweet at the end of a subcommittee hearing on “how to address the legal status of the children of illegal immigrants,” the Post noted.
Thanking the panel for a healthy debate on how to address 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., Gowdy said:
When I see quotes like I did today from someone named Dan Pfeiffer, who apparently works for the president. I think it is the same Dan Pfeiffer that once said that the law is irrelevant. And he tweeted out today that our plan is to allow some kids to stay but to deport their parents. He summarized this entire debate with that tweet. So I want to compliment you and thank you for not being a demagogic, self-serving political hack who can’t even be elected to a parent advisory committee, much less Congress, which is what Mr. Pfeiffer is. I want to thank you for not being that and understanding that these are complex issues where reasonable minds can perhaps differ.”
Watch Gowdy rip Pfeiffer during Tuesday’s immigration hearing: