MARCH 19, 2009
The powerful veteran lawmaker recently exposed by Judicial Watch for using the Air Force as her personal airline says that it’s "un-American" to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.
Delivering an emotional speech at a church in her San Francisco district, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the audience that enforcement of existing immigration laws is "un-American." The Democrat legislator condemned raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and proclaimed that they must stop.
"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 told the mostly Hispanic gathering—some in the country legally and others illegally—at a local Catholic church. Madam Speaker referred to her audience as "very, very patriotic."
The highest ranking Republican on the House Immigration Subcommittee, Iowa’s Steve King, said Pelosi’s liberal San Francisco values do not reflect the views of the overwhelming majority of Americans who support enforcement of our immigration laws, border security and no amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Pelosi has long used her political clout to help illegal immigrants. She promised to kill legislation shielding employers from lawsuits for requiring English at work, has fought the federal government to keep costly health programs for illegal immigrants and advocates reduced tuition at public colleges for illegal aliens.
Pelosi’s serious ethical lapses have also earned headlines in last few years. She snuck a $25 million gift for her husband in a big water bill, sponsored legislation to financially benefit a pharmaceutical company that she owns stock in and another that has donated heavily to her campaign and threatened to strip a four-term Connecticut senator of a powerful committee chairmanship for criticizing Barack Obama during the presidential campaign.
Earlier this month Judicial Watch released Department of Defense documents detailing Pelosi’s numerous requests for military aircraft to ferry her and her family around the country.
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