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. Julie

    Ditto, ditto all the above about Nancy Pelosi. Nancy, this is America, not a third world country. Immigrants who came here made this country great. They didn't come over to take, they gave their all. What is wrong with you? You might think it's patriotic but you are ONE person. The rest of the nation (who live in the real world) think very different. Don't speak for me. Speak for only YOU. We don't agree. You kiss up too much and bet you really don't give a darn. Hypocritical

    March 19, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Common thread

    Matt: Excellent counterpoint. Some people believe that if it suits their status or their previous situation it is right. It is unfortunate that the world is full of "haves and have nots" but a civilized society needs disciipline, order, rules and regulations. The United States has been more than generous to me (a legal, law biding immigrant) and others who have come here by other means. However, the tide has changed and an overhaul is needed in every respect.

    March 19, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. FreeNLovingIt

    Well, when I think about other countries that want to come to the USA too, I dont think it's fair that all the hispanics have a run at the border. It should be prorated fairly. How about we let 10 individuals from Europe in and counter that with 1 Hispanic? Why didnt the french colonize them? Imagne that? We will all be speaking French..hee.hee..

    March 19, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. RBChilds

    When a bank robber was asked why he robbed banks, he said "That's where the money is". Same is true for immigration officials – (I don't categorize immigration officials as bank robbers). They go where the illegals are. If these parents were so concerned about their families not seeing them taken away they would not have broken the law in the first place. Where is their responsibility in all of this? Don't call law abiding citizens for wanting to uphold the law un-american and illegals patriotic.

    March 19, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. FreeNLovingIt

    I dont mind if we have immigrants but it needs to be balanced with all the races. We cant have 90% Hispanics and 10% Europe and .001 Asians..

    March 19, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Travis in Colorado

    I think it's very American and very wise to do it. We have to show that we won't put up with illegal immigrants who are here ILLEGALLY and are are committing fraud while here, they don't pay taxes, they don't have auto insurance, they don't pay for medical treatment, Americans pay for all of that, and I'm tired of it! Get Pelosi out of there! She and other Democrats (not all of them) suck up to minorites because they don't have any other platform to campaign on. That's a fact!

    March 19, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Scott

    They have no business coming to our country illegally and starting that family we take them away in the middle of the night from. The law is the law!

    March 19, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. TerryT

    this is absurd.

    She is a LAWMAKER.
    Does she understand what that word means. LAW and MAKER

    Since this administration has took office the MADNESS is unreal.

    This dream of change is a REAL NIGHTMARE.

    Any news on if pilots hand gun program being canceled Ive heard this is going too (HELLO 9/11 never happened?!?! I guess)

    This is unreal.

    March 19, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Joe the Schmoe

    Illegals take the risk of being separated from their families when they jump the border.

    How is it unAmerican to enforce American Laws.

    March 19, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. laughing@theGOP

    good for her..

    no country.. should ever seperate a child from their family..

    Not ever.. no matter what..

    March 19, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. ~~ July ~~

    Wow I can feel the love for the illegal aliens.

    You all keep forgeting that they are humans beings too. Different color and language but HUMANS just like you and you and you and you and me. I get this nasty feeling that while are writing your hate post .. in your mind you have a picture of MEXICANS ... hhmm but honeys there is all kinds of illegal aliens in this country. They just find it easier to cross from Mexico. Just when you see a movie hhmmm a Jewish movie about people being kill and seperated from families ... and you cry of the heartbreak. It is the same crap for this illegals .. only not that dramatic. SOME ... mostly some are here for a 'better life' .. and they try to live the best they can .................

    Just remember illegal aliens are HUMANS ................................ too.

    March 19, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. DNC must be changed.

    A disilusional Pelosi is going to be amiss everyday. Illegal miiagrant swho never ever pay taxes, but take advantages of medical from Federal Gov. are absoulutely unamerican. GO AWAY W/ TIM G., CHRIS DODD.

    March 19, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Gary

    Illegal immigrants are not separated from their children by the Federal government, they are separated by their own decision to use the children as human anchors, to try to prevent their own deportation. If they love their children they will take them home with them, rather than leaving them in a foreign land as a political hostage.

    March 19, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. arithmetic is liberal

    Proof that immigration is the Third Rail in politics.
    You touch it, you die.

    March 19, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Wondering

    I'm just wondering why any illegal with a gaggle of babies can get healthcare coverage, but a single cancer patient cannot.

    March 19, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. cali seadog

    Just remember, most illegals do the jobs most of us are to cool or lazy to do.

    March 19, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Terry Kane

    Nancy Pelosi is human. She's just not the right human for the job she has. Illegal immigration is a hugh problem for this country. It's draining a lot of resources from our own citizens. Not every illegal immigrant is an honest, hardworking person. Many criminals are coming across the border also. They are the main targets of ICE. We put laws and practices in place to protect the citizens of this country and we hire people to do that job. Let them do it. My question is, why are we not doing more to correct the problems in Mexico that are causing these people to migrate in droves into the United States. We go to great expense to help countries across the globe, yet we tiptoe around the situation in Mexico. Why? If those problems were relieved, the illegal immigration problem for this country would pretty much solve itself. Those hardworking, honest people risking their lives to get into the country could stay at home and earn a living.

    March 19, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. greg in jax doesnt like ann

    when my great great great great great grandparents first migrated to this country and forced the native people from their lands.. good thing there wasnt anyone there asking for their proper documentation..... because they didnt have any, they just saw something they wanted and killed for it....... good things times have changed.

    just because you are 10th or 11th generation to this land does not give you any more right or claim to it than anyone else on the planet. for it is not ours, it all belongs to our creator/creation.

    people have come to feel entitled to something that does not belong to any of us... get over yourselves, we live in a global world with a global economy..... the times they are a'changing!!!

    March 19, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Darryl Miller, Arlington Texas

    This woman, Need to re-evaluate what she is actually saying..

    The law must be obey..

    March 19, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. JIM...TX

    Wonder if she knows what PANDERING means?????? The solution to the immigration problem is not less but MORE enforcement. Knock down doors of businesses, churches, homes, ANYWHERE the ILLEGALS congregate! Don't break up the families...deport ALL of them!!

    March 19, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Tessaprn

    Nutty Nancy does not wish to obey the laws of the United State and those that do are "un-American."

    They all need to go. Every last people in Congress. Enough already.

    March 19, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. ray ray

    Wait a sec....

    Big business and the free-market economy love cheap labor as it reduces costs and increases per share profits. That cheap labor comes about 3 ways:
    (1) exporting jobs overseas to those who will work cheaper and with little or no benefits;
    (2) demonizing the labor unions to weaken any and all worker's rights; and,
    (3) exploiting illegal immigrants who work for little money and basically no benefits.

    This is the holy grail of fiscal conservatism. Conservatives need to exploit cheap labor to feed the free market beast.

    Yet, it is these same right-wingers that object to illegal immigrants being forcefully separated from their families.

    Personally, I say screw 'em. Illegal is illegal. But I'm curious to see how the big money conservatives square up with the law and order conservatives. I think the GOP might not be big enough for both of them!

    March 19, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. JeffRob

    team nancy

    March 19, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Tarpon

    She's right. We're a much better people than we have been for the last eight years. We are not hate. Law enforcement is not an excuse to throw our shared humanity out the window. Ridicule it if you want but follow love to see the truth.

    March 19, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. greg in jax

    when my forefathers came to this country and decided to move the then current inhabitants from their lands, or even worse kill them, good thing there was no one there asking for their proper documentation.. because as the first settlers of this country, they didnt have any.. just hopes and dreams of a better life.......... somehow so many hypocrites, including those in my own family seem to forget this ever so ironic fact.

    March 19, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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