Rohrabacher: Dems not 'watching out for American people'
Condemns Pelosi's admonition that immigration raids 'un-American'
The World New Daily, March 20, 2009
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., says the Democratic Party is watching out for illegal aliens, not American citizens, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, condemned immigration raids as 'un-American.'
The comments from Pelosi criticizing actions by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which is following laws established by Congress, came in front of an audience at St. Anthony's Church in San Francisco last Saturday.
Pelosi asked the audience, '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?'
Rohrabacher was asked what message should be taken from Pelosi's comments and what it means to America and his district.
The congressman said Pelosi 'reflects the attitudes and positioning on immigration policy of the people who she represents here in Washington.'
'She represents what the Democrat Party believes,' he said. 'I'm glad she articulated that so the American people can fully appreciate that the Democrat Party does not want the illegal immigrants to be taken out of jobs that they are taking.'
He said it's clear the Democrats no longer want the government to enforce the nation's border laws.
His district is hurting, at least partly because of that attitude, he said.
'What we have here is a situation even in good times having a flow of illegals into our work force bids down wages so the average Americans were making less money than they would have otherwise. Now jobs are scare. It actually means not only are pay levels going down but you have people [out of work] who would be working otherwise,' he said.
Pelosi, according to Fox News, told the audience the raids 'must be stopped.'
'What value system is that? I think it's un-American. I think it's un-American.'
The House speaker, according to Fox News, came to the San Francisco church at the invitation of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., who has launched a 17-city, cross-country tour called United Families.
The aim of the effort, says Gutierrez, is to put a human face on the immigration debate.
House Speaker Calls Immigration Raids 'Un-American' At Rally In California
By Julie Farby
The All Headline News, March 19, 2009
San Francisco — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she believes that raids on immigrants and their families by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents is 'un-American.'
Speaking to a mostly immigrant crowd in San Francisco on Thursday, Pelosi said, '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?'
'It must be stopped….What value system is that? I think it's un-American. I think it's un-American.' Pelosi, who was invited to the church on behalf of by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., as part of his United Families tour to foster debate on the immigration issue, urged the U.S. to reconsider their policies.
'We have to have a change in policy and practice and again … I can't say enough, the raids must end. The raids must end,' Gutierrez added.
But not everyone agrees with Pelosi's sentiments. Rick Oltman, of the anti illegal immigrant group, Californians for Population Stabilization, resented Pelosi's comments, saying, 'I think it was pandering to the crowd but also insulting to American citizens who consider themselves to be patriotic, who obey the rule of law.'