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“In fact, it is so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you’ll find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines,” Mr. Barry said in remarks captured on videotape by WTTG-TV (Channel 5). “And no offense, but let’s grow our own teachers, let’s grow our own nurses, and so that we don’t have to go scrounging in our community clinics and other kinds of places, having to hire people from somewhere else.”

Yet even after the day’s controversy, Mr. Barry continued to beat the drum at a hearing upstairs in the John A. Wilson Building. He told the Committee on Small and Local Business Development that he disapproved of the firm that has been picked to renovate an elementary school in Ward 8.

“Not only is it not a District-based company, it’s a white company based outside of the District,” Mr. Barry said. “That shows how backward we are.”