March 19th, 2009
03:52 PM ET
13 years ago

Pelosi stands by immigration raid remarks

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she was standing by her statement that enforcement of some existing immigration laws is 'un-American.' "](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."

Filed under: Immigration • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. Michele

    For everyone that is against illegal immigrants think about how they have allowed you to benefit from a lot things. Who do you think pushes the agricultural sector in the US? Isn't the cheap labor of illegal immigrants a result of lower food prices? Otherwise it might just be cheaper to import from Mexico. I know that a lot of seniors that is abandoned by their families is lucky to have the illegal immigrant cheap labor to provide care for them – do groceries, bathe them, cook, clean etc. Who keeps the United States of America clean?

    This thing has the pros & stop bashing it and look at it from both side.

    it is wise to find some way to help some people become legal citizens in America. They are often the victim at the hands of some Americans who take advantage of them.
    Pelosi is HUMAN not stupid

    March 19, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. worriedmom

    This woman has got to be ousted! How can she be elected to uphold the Constitution of the United States and then have the gall to support Illegal Immigration. And to call the Patriotic. Is it so Patriotic that the money they earn is going to Mexico to their families, not here paying taxes like the rest of us do. I am sorry that it is breaking up families, but hey they knew that coming into the US illegal. She needs to be put right on the Mexican side of the border and let her tell the drug Lords how patriotic they are being! Pelosi is not for America, she is for Pelosi and wherever she thinks a vote will come for her, legal or not. She is what is going to ruin the Democrats and you Liberals keep defending her until someone takes your job away that is not Legal or Gosh forbit hurts someone that is not Legal, then how will you feel!!!

    March 19, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Donna

    I'm a Democrat and Nancy P just makes me sick. Can we ship her to ...let's see....Mexico is too close to the US.....Canada probaly won't have her.....Sarah is in Alaska.....Sibera! Yes, that's it get rid of her send her to Sibera.

    March 19, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Michael

    WOW! Nancy Pelosi, a true anti American. And so much for her vows to uphold the law.

    March 19, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Nope

    @Beverly, NYC – Please stop spouting the propaganda that the illegals only do the work that americans don't want to do! That is patently UNTRUE. Try travelling to some of the southwestern states.

    March 19, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Nick

    Taking a play right out of Hitler's playbook is by far not an American thing to do and thankfully most intellectual people understand this. Just because someone happens to be here illegally doesn't mean they should be treated like animals. Due Process people.

    March 19, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. BJ

    I have a question for you Nancy...What part of the word ILLEGAL don't you understand?

    March 19, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Ann, California

    Pelosi is correct in what she is saying and those who disagree need to check themselves. What exactly does separating children from their parents (who are not abusive) solve? Absolutely nothing! There is a better way to deal with illegal immigration and Pelosi named it–immigration law reform!!

    March 19, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Steve

    Wow, nearly everyone commenting is shockingly angry. How sad that a woman in power expressing some sympathy for people who live a very difficult life as best they can makes you all so angry.

    March 19, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Sniffit – please explain how our immigration laws are "broken", I keep hearing that said but never WHY! Give details! Broken because we don't just open our borders and let everyone in? Because people have to meet critieria, fill out paperwork??

    EVERY country in the world has their own immigation laws. Mexico – those hypocrites!!! – deport illegal Guatemalans and Hondurans – and then have the gall to talk about OUR laws?? Please!!

    March 19, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Debbie

    If I did something illegal I would be punished not rewarded. Next will come amnesty so that they call all go out and for this party of nit wits we have in office now.

    March 19, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. matt

    Beverly – that's ludicrous. It's not that Americans can't get jobs picking fruit 12 hours for horrible wages. It's that Americans can't get jobs picking fruit for 8 hours a day for minimum wage because illegals are willing AND ABLE (remember, Americans have to pay taxes) to pick fruit 12 hours for horrible wages. You understand now?

    March 19, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Vignesh

    So now if a murderer has children, according to Nancy Pelosi they should go free.

    At least according to her logic ~ she says it is wrong because they are separating children from parents. Well when any criminal is caught, they tend to be seperated from their children. That doesn't make their imprisonment immoral.

    This isn't even an argument, in my opinion to stop this crackdown. I am also betting a significant portion of illegal immigrants busted in these raids are "gang members". It isn't like our immigration officials are at the point where they can figure out a random person living in a neighborhood is illegal ~ or even invest the money to take just anybody.

    March 19, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Truth Bomb Thrower

    This woman is simply an idiot........a corrupt, power-hungry, idiot. Nothing else needs to be said. Her words tell it all.

    March 19, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Jean2

    Pelosi is selling these individuals short.
    They are aware of the laws and know what they are doing and that they are breaking the law.

    March 19, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Pee Wee

    From reading this board, looks like we need to parole all of the criminals in America that have children. It isn't right that the children should go without parents. Let the murderers out, the rapists, the thieves, whatever.

    The parent breaking the law has no respect for their child if they know ahead of time that what they are doing could end up affecting the children. I don't go out and do stupid stuff because I know there are consequences that not only have an effect on my life, but on the lives of those around me.

    The party of NO is looking better as time goes by.

    Si Se Puede

    March 19, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Grumpy

    With such so called representation America Does not need enemies from the outside ! Stupid Stupid !

    March 19, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Rick

    The national nightmare continues. Pelosi is a raging lunatic.

    March 19, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. JB

    Hey Pelosi, it is also un-American to not allow citizens to make money and have a decent life, right? Then why enforce the drug laws on drug dealers? To kick open doors in the middle of the night and arrest drug dealers should be stopped as well. Both illegal immigrants and drug dealers have something in common. . . .they are both breaking the laws that you swore to enforce. I hope CA wakes up and sends this lady packing!!!!!

    March 19, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. democrat in az

    illegal aliens have NO right to be here. if you come here legally great but sneaking into my country is like sneaking into my house. aint gonna happen, noway Jose

    March 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. JB

    By the way, if you Ms. Pelosi, change the law and allow any illegal who has a child in the States undeportable, then all of these illegals will come here and just start making babies, who we will have to support. If I was illegal, and could not be kicked out if I had a child born in this country, that is the first thing I would do, procreate. I am no rocket scientist, but I am smart enough to see this. You missy are not, and therefore should be sent packing!

    March 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. Outraged

    Sorry, Nancy, I admire many things about you, and I was raised catholic too, BUT – and that's a big "But" – Just because the pope discourages birth control, which leads to overpopulation among the poor in mexico, central, and south america (primarilly catholic countries)..... and just because the catholic church has been violating the separation of church & state by offering sanctuary to illegals ....

    DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU SHOULD GO AGAINST THE IMMIGRATION LAWS. Also, the "anchor baby" loophole should be retroactively closed.

    March 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. barb

    These raids should not be secretive – public acknowledged raids could be a deterrent (yeah right!). However, apparently,
    Nancy Pelosi hasn't had her identity stolen by illegals.
    Nancy Pelosi must not be concerned about multiple families living in single family dwellings – driving up the school census and causing overcrowding and new taxes.
    Nancy Pelosi must not be concerned about the healthcare drains by illegals.

    March 19, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Common thread

    California, New York and Florida seem to be in the same deep financial hole. I wonder why?

    March 19, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. ib

    Peloski is in her own little far left dreamworld. If all these people get the right to vote she knows who they will vote for. I think Pelosi wants the title of president even though she is running this country now. Obama needs to stand up to her and put her in the proper place. But why should he when she is doing his dirty work for him while he stands tall and proud.

    March 19, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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