March 19th, 2009
03:52 PM ET
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Pelosi stands by immigration raid remarks

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(CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she was standing by her statement that enforcement of some existing immigration laws is "un-American."

"ICE raids that separate parents from their children in the middle of the night are un-American, and I stand by that," Pelosi said when questioned about her remarks made last week at an immigration rally in San Francisco.

"We have to enforce our laws, we have to control our borders..." the California congresswoman told reporters. "We have to protect our workers, we have to, I believe, have a path to legalization for people who are in our country who are not fully documented. But we don't have to kick in doors in the middle of the night and take fathers out of their homes and think that we are solving the issue when we really need comprehensive immigration reform."

On Saturday, at an immigration rally in San Francisco, Pelosi criticized the practice of work site and housing raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Pelosi praised the predominantly immigrant audience, calling them "very, very patriotic" for "taking responsibility for country's future" by attending the rally on a Saturday night

"Who in this country would not want to change a policy of kicking in doors in the middle of the night and sending a parent away from their families," Pelosi said Saturday. "It must be stopped. What value system is that? I think it's un-American. I think it's un-American."


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soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. ck

    This woman does not have a clue....

    I think an ILLEGAL IMMAGRANT is JUST as UNAMERICAN.

    March 19, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Nana5

    That's because she's an IDIOT! And that is putting it lightly. WHen one of the illegal immigrants hurts her or one of her family members maybe she'll see the errors of her ways. (Nah – she can't see anything through those rose-colored Nobama glasses.)

    All idiots – the entire bunch. And all those Hollywierds who supported this corrupt administration.

    March 19, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. ruth

    I think it would be real American to come get this woman in the middle of the night and charge her for enciting people to break the law of the land that she has taken an oath to preserve and protect. And she's a heartbeat away??

    March 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. darren

    I LOVE Nancy Pelosi!

    March 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Jimmy the Greek

    THIS is going to sink the democrats FAST!!

    Most Americans want laws enforced. The resistance by Democrats is going to alienate hard-working, tax-paying, flag-waiving VOTERS.

    Can't wait for mid-term elections!!

    March 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Harry

    This lady has to go to Mexico and stay there. She is a headache for everybody.

    March 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. meh

    I agree w. her.

    March 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Paris

    I can't stand this woman.

    March 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Me

    She disgusts me more and more every day.

    March 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Nancy:
    You took an oath to support the Constitution; have you ever read it? Or, is this just like the AIG bailout bill?
    You should be removed from office on this immigration issue. People like you...who want us to become the garbage can of the world!

    March 19, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Jim in Texas

    Pelosi needs to be deported.........

    March 19, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Pee Wee

    She's an idiot. She thinks she's bashing Bush by using this "there ought to be a law" mantra, but, gee, look Nancy, who' in charge of MAKING LAWS in this country?

    And, Bush was all for what you're talking about, but couldn't get Congressional support when he first wanted to grant amnesty. Once you and your henchman got rid of that "culture of corruption" the door was open, but you were unwilling to walk through it.

    Just a windbag that is in constant protest mode and hasn't a clue that she's responsible now.

    Stop the train and let me off, I've had enough fun for now.

    March 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Since when is illegal immigration patriotic???

    March 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. no corporate politics

    Next time I go commit a crime – I will send the police a list of places that is really not convenient for me to be arrested.

    Classic elitist thinking that most politicians and Pelosi and Obama follow. I know it is a law but it is so not convenient for us.........

    No wonder that a Messiah campaign just sort of made sense to them.

    March 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    She's got a point.

    March 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. rd

    Not a huge Pelosi fan, however, when she's right . . . she's righ.

    March 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. obama-mama

    I agree with her. There is a humane (American) way of doing things.

    March 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. no corporate politics

    Next time I go commit a crime – I will send the police a list of places that is really not convenient for me to be arrested.

    Classic elitist thinking that most politicians and Pelosi and Obama follow. I know it is a law but it is so not convenient for us.........

    No wonder that a M*ssiah campaign just sort of made sense to them.

    March 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Rick

    She frightens me. How does she keep getting elected? Can someone explain that to me?

    March 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. rd

    she's right.

    March 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Harry

    This lady has to go to Mexico and stay there. She is wicked.

    March 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Dennis

    What part of ILLEGAL does she not understand?

    March 19, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Hispanic in Dallas, TX

    This woman is an idiot!!

    Please please go AWAY!!!

    You are part of the problem!

    March 19, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Kevin in Ohio

    She is absolutely CRIMINAL. Disgusting woman. The only good she will ever do is bring down this left-wing President and Congress.

    March 19, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Streamwood Bill

    Pelosi is giving Denny Hastert a run for the title of worst Speaker in U.S. House history.

    Like Denny, Nancy is pretty damn clueless.

    Note to Democrats, get rid of her before it's too late. She'll do to you what Denny did to the Republicans.

    March 19, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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