Former Speaker

(R-Ohio) on Sunday derided plans reportedly spearheaded by Rep.

(R-Ga.) to form a nativist anti-immigration America First Caucus in the House.

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press,"

said the plan, which Greene

after a document outlining the group's goals sparked criticism after it was published by Punchbowl News, was "one of the nuttiest things I've ever seen."

"I wouldn't call it mainstream in our party, but I can tell you that this so-called America First Caucus is one of the nuttiest things I've ever seen," the Ohio Republican said.

"Listen, America is a land of immigration. We've been the world's giant melting pot for the last 200 years. And we've got to celebrate that we're this giant melting pot," he continued, adding that it was "the silliest thing" he's ever seen, and that members of the GOP should "denounce it."

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