SEPTEMBER 28, 2007
Pandering to Hispanics at a Texas university located minutes from the Mexican border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi advocated her open-border policy and touted legislation that will give illegal immigrants reduced college tuition and U.S. citizenship.
Although Pelosiâ??s address at the annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology conference was not supposed to be political, the San Francisco Democrat managed to litter her speech with the pro illegal immigrant policies she has worked hard to promote in Congress.
Shortly after taking the podium at the University of Texas Pan-American, a public college in the Rio Grande Valley, Pelosi chastised a plan to build fencing along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border calling it a â??terrible ideaâ? that overlooks local communities.
Signed into law last year, the Secure Fence Act requires construction of fencing along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to curb illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Pelosi believes the communities have a border going through them and donâ??t need a fence splitting them.
She also promoted her plan to help pass federal legislation (DREAM Act) that will allow illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. before the age of 16 to receive legal status and reduced tuition at the nationâ??s public colleges. In a full-force effort to pass the law, Democrats have actually attached the DREAM Act to a defense bill pending in the Senate.
Pelosi says the DREAM Act is crucial because itâ??s not fair that opportunities are curtailed for illegal immigrants. She concluded by planting a rather touching question to the group of several thousand at the Texas campus: â??What are we as a country if we refuse to educate children who are here?â?
Law-abiding, tax-paying Americans who often struggle to finance their childrenâ??s college tuition can probably give Madam Speaker some rather colorful answers.
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