March 19th, 2009
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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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  1. Martin

    No Nancy not enforcing the law is unconstitutional! You are violating your oath of office. It's not your job to pick and choose what laws to enforce. You are a representative of the Citizens of your congressional district. You might want to start behaving like one.
    GOT A SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES? NO!

    March 19, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Kendra Tynon

    I do not believe that you should be allowed to stay in the U.S. if you are not a citizen of the U.S. or you have your papers. People that are citizens should be the ones to get jobs not the ones that are not.

    March 19, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. gary

    if there is anything that has changed me from a democrat to an independant its idiotic statements from botox nancy like these it is mind bogling to think that this knucklhead is third in line to the presidentcy . obama should invite her to the white house and remind her that he is the president then throw her and her broom out of the white house

    March 19, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. gary

    if there is anything that has changed me from a democrat to an independant its idiotic statements from botox nancy like these it is mind bogling to think that this knucklhead is third in line to the presidentcy . obama should invite her to the white house and remind her that he is the president then throw her and her broom out of the white house

    March 19, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Hey Pelosi – you have sworn to uphold t he law! If you think the current law is un-American, then do something to change it WHILE YOU UPHOLD IT UNTIL IT IS CHANGED! What part of illegal do you people just not understand? I do feel sorry for the children but a parent(s) that put their children in harm's way deserve what they get. They are willing to take the change. They do not deserve their children and laws should be made to take their children away from them and place them somewhere else. Anywhere but HERE. We are suffering from our own bad economy – I do not want to support any more illegal immigrants!

    March 19, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Moe, NY

    I think it is unamerican that the illegals have access to health care, whereas I, a 62 year old working person, does not have health insurance, or a snowballs chance in h$@% of obtaining health insurance.

    March 19, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Moderate Democrat

    Some people have the audacity to use the terms of "cruel' treatment in regards to our immigration laws. Let's talk about cruel shall we: I pay my taxes and you don't...that's not just being cruel to me, that's TORTURING me!

    If you STEAL my TAX DOLLARS...then you ARE a CRIMINAL! GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY you free loader.

    This is not a 'democratic' view point. It's unamerican to NOT pay taxes....on either side of the isle!

    March 19, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Matthew, Detroit

    It is BURYING CALIFORNIA in

    healthcare cost,
    jail cost
    prison cost
    police cost
    education cost.

    Nancy Pelosi is a terrible person and a lousy leader.

    March 19, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. peeved

    Throw out all the incumbents. They're all idiots and crooks.

    March 19, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Matthew, Detroit

    Pelosi is just a bad person with lousy values and morals.

    She is a wreck.

    March 19, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Mel

    I'm a LEGAL immigrant into this country and I find Nancy Pelosi to be unAmerican. You don't kiss the butt of the illegal immigrants. I paid alot of money and time to move to this country, to just give citizenship away to people that didn't do the same disgusts me. Let them earn it, like I did.

    March 19, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Tony - Fla

    Nutty Nancy is never going to say to herself "They are wrong, just wrong. How could you put your children in danger by living this ILLEGAL lifestyle". Both of my parents immigrated to this country LEGALLY back in the 60's and became US citizens. When you defend the practice of ILLEGAL immigration you minimize those who went through the process that many had gone through. SHAME ON YOU NUTTY

    March 19, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Andrew

    This woman hurt the stimulus package and she's going to hurt this country. If the democrats are wise they will do something about her. But they won't.

    March 19, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Common thread

    When ICE comes knocking they are not bringing Christmas gifts or glad tidings, so one must be prepared for that or, better yet, try to find a legal way enter the US. New York, Florida and California and going down the sewer economically. Could this issue be part of the cause?
    Even though many illegals work hard and make their fair contribution to society, a good deal of money is remitted to country of origin.

    March 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Andrew

    This woman hurt the stimulus package and she's going to hurt this country. If the democrats are wise they will do something about her. But they won't.

    March 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Dan

    Illegal immigrants are destroying our hospitals because they expect to receive free services for themselves and their families and don't have to pay a dime. Many hospitals are going bankrupt because of their treatment for illegal immigrants.
    We should completely close the border.
    Pelosi is un-american for her leftist country destroying views.

    March 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. James, Ho. TX

    Thank You Nancy !

    March 19, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Shola in Phoenix

    Mark my words, by the time this administration finishes it's 4 years, every illegal immigrant in the U.S. will become a U.S. citizen, thanks to the Democrats who want their votes..I guess it doesn't matter that other people play by the rules and wait to get into our country legally..What a disgusting situation.

    March 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. dan panker

    She is a certified lunatic. Get rid of her, dump her. She's a socialist
    dirt bag

    March 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Mary McClanahan

    Pelosi is pure evil and will contribute to the destruction of our nation if she is not stopped. Not once has she given a 'U S Citizen' point of view.
    We cannot provide jobs, food, necessities for U S Citizens so how can we continue to support those who broke the laws by coming here illegally? There needs to be an avenue to gain citizenship but it needs to start before an illegal enters our country, not after they have already broken our laws by invading our borders.

    As far as those deported, their families should have the option to go with them instead of being separated from them. My guess would be that the family is probably here illegally as well.

    I do not agree that because someone was born on U S soil that they are U S Citizens. Their citizenship should be based on that of their parent., If a child is born of U S citizens while they are in another country, their child is a U S citizen. That is the way it should be universally.

    March 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    What is wrong with this lady? Does she not realize we have laws in this country? She needs to go.

    March 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. gilbert

    I can't see how the people of the bay area elected this idiot to the house of reprensitives but then i remember that we are talking about wacko san francisco it has gotten worse in the last few years glad i left there years ago

    March 19, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. An American

    Pelosi is out of her mind. Illegal is illegal Ms. Pelosi. They (and now you) are irresponsible to come here and bring children or have babies knowing full well what could happen if they were caught and had to be sent back. I do feel sorry for the children, but the adults do not seem to care so why should anyone else feel like they are wrong breaking in homes. They do not care if their children are put though that. It is their fault in the first place. And then come along the Speaker of the House and calls us Un-American. She is the one who is saying to them "break the law". Could we ship her out!!!!

    March 19, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Steve (the real one)

    I appears Pelosi forgot these words:

    "I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States..."
    She's too busy giving speeches condemning the very laws she helps write. It is past time for her to go!

    March 19, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Jerome Padin

    I want to thank Nancy. First, she permantly ended the liberal claim to the mythical " separation of church and state". When she used the church to state her oposistion to federal law. Second, she told all America that federal law does not need to be followed, in fact, it is patriotic to intentionally violate federal law. Third, she has advised all the Americans who have followed the law and played fair that they don't count when compared to criminals who have broken the law or in most cases several laws. Fourth, she has shown her complete contempt for those Americans who have been the victims of the crimes committed by criminal illegal aliens. The California woman who lost her husband and son, the Texas lawman who was shot down come to mind. There are countless thousand others who are victimized by illegal aliens every day. Thank you Nancy for your un-American stance. Why were you elected again? What oath of office did you take? What country do you represent? Why are you even in my world?

    March 19, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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