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Please open our parks and open this mall to veterans and to normal every-day citizens who also should have the same access we enjoy here today,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, as she joined the rally for immigration.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who followed Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, defended the president, thanking him for making an exception to the shutdown and “enabling us to gather here.” She also said veterans told her the administration “bent over backwards” to allow them to visit the World War II Memorial on the mall, which has been the site of several clashes between the public and park rangers since the shutdown began.