March 20th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Nancy Pelosi: Enforcing some immigration laws "un-American"

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Nancy Pelosi doesn't think enforcing some of our immigration laws is a good idea. I guess we don't need the Justice Department; just ask Pelosi what laws she thinks we should enforce.

Is it is un-American to enforce our immigration laws?

The House Speaker was condemning raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at an immigration event in San Francisco last weekend. Here's what she said: "Who in our 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."

In case you had trouble understanding her, Nancy Pelosi was telling a largely Hispanic audience that enforcing America's immigration laws is un-American. This is called pandering.

Yesterday Pelosi said she was standing by her statement. She added that we have to enforce our laws, control our borders, protect our workers and create a path to legalization for those who aren't fully documented; but repeated that doesn't mean kicking in doors in the middle of the night. Pelosi said what we really need is comprehensive immigration reform.

Here's my question to you: Nancy Pelosi says enforcing our immigration laws is "un-American." Is she right?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bruce from St. Paul, Minnesota writes:
Did she say what time might be alright to enforce laws, if not the middle of the night? Would 11pm be too late? 7am too early? Does she think other types of criminals should not be apprehended if they are in the bosom of their family? Honestly, I don't know what her point is. Is there an intelligence test you have to fail to be in Congress?

Natalie writes:
I used to think she was really a great politician. Now I realize that is all she is: a stupid politician. I really think we need to work to oust her just as hard as we worked to get Obama elected. She is so "me-me-me"; she really is hurting Obama.

Jay from Texas writes:
I agree with Nancy Pelosi that police kicking in doors, in the middle of the night, and terrorizing families sounds like the tactics of a fascist government and that is most certainly "un-American."

Ben from Boston writes:
Mexico is part of North America. Probably enforcement looks un-American by those born south of the Rio Grande, but for me it looks as American as apple pie for a country governed by the rule of law. By the way, does Mexico enforce its immigration laws?

Brandon from New York writes:
Pelosi was speaking up against the practice of raiding homes in the middle of the night and separating illegal immigrant parents from their children who were born here. That practice really is un-American and if the law encourages it then the law is un-American…I don't like Pelosi but I agree with her on this one.

Larry from New Jersey writes:
Exactly what country does Nancy Pelosi believe she is in?

soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Jackie in Dallas

    Wow, what a way to take her comments out of context, Jack. Hope that when the entire commentary joins the question you do a better job.

    Her comments, and I normally do NOT agree with her, were correct that bashing in doors at midnight to split families apart in the name of the INS sounds more like it should be happening in Nazi Germany than here. We DO need a total overhaul of the immigration laws. I'm not saying I would agree with how she would rewrite it, but I agree that it DOES need to be re-written.

    Bet this one doesn't get on the air! I'll be lucky if CNN even prints it!

    March 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  2. John from Alabama

    Jack, Nancy Pelosi is wrong, but if she was in downtown San Franciso it would be right. The immigration laws might be harsh, but they are there to protect the legal citizens of the United States. The problem is with Congress who will not reform or change anything about the present system of immigration law. Nancy is the Speaker of the House, and is a part of the problem.

    John from Alabama

    March 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  3. Christian Jones

    No Jack, Nancy Pelosi is not right. Enforcing our immigration laws prevent people who would want to harm the United States from entering with ease. Also, Jack why should we let an illegal alien stay in our country, when they entered into our country illegally. They are taking jobs from hard working Americans and they are not paying Individual Income Taxes. Jack, that is what is "un-American" and so is Nancy Pelosi, if she can't see that.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  4. Jonathan in Virginia

    No, Nancy Pelosi is pandering to the unhinged left wing that makes up the bulk of her consituency. Only in the wildest dreams of George Orwell could the third-in-line official to the Presidency refer to the men and women of our law-enforcement agencies who are upholding the laws of our nation as "un-American" and to refer to illegal immigrants as "very, very patriotic". Apparently Botox has hallucinogenic properties as well...

    March 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  5. V Kittie, San Diego, CA

    Failure to enforce our immigration laws is what is Un-American. In my state of CA, the recession began long before it did nationwide. Ask all of the unemployed in the construction trades who lost their well paid, middle class, tax paying jobs to illegals who work for cash, don't pay taxes and send millions of dollars back to their country of origin. They don't do work that Americans won't do, they depress wages, use services for which they don't pay and violate our laws to enter the country to do it. If THAT is not un-American, I don't know what IS. They should not be rewarded with amnesty, jobs or free health care, education and social services that our own military, mentally and physically disabled and elderly don't receive. Charity begins at home.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  6. Roc

    As in the past, isn't there a time when you must stop all immagrations and tend to those at home? wasn't there a time when immagrants were deported to help the survival of those people "legally" here?
    The US can no longer keep providiing "free" health care, and services to those that dont contribute to the system. And the fact is that most immagrants tend to send the surplus money back to the country they came from... Same with those big companies that but up toll roads, deplete the current work force.. that paid taxes consumed products, sepnt money in the community, with "electronic devices". Thus the only money that stays here is for the cost of operations.
    Would anyone have the real numbers on how much US currency is shiped out of this county?

    March 20, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  7. Ken in Pinon Hills, California on the Left Coast

    Nancy Pelsoi says enforcing our immigration laws is “un-American.” I agree, I also think enforcing the law on my driving 100 miles an hour, cheating on my taxes, beating my wife, kicking the dog, burning the flag, not paroling Charles Manson is also “un-American.”
    My point is, she suggests we all should be able to violate the law of our choice, which some of us do, for that matter.
    Geez Nancy, Dobbs, Fox, laura, Rush Limpjaw will eat this one up.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  8. Mike Getzin

    What is unAmerican about enforcing immigration law like every other country on this planet? If political correctness overrides our sovreignty and allows for illegal aliens- call them what they really are, not undocumented ? . Our constitutional rights are being violated along with our civil protections, legal protections, economic security, and allowing underserving felons to receive US citizen benefits, jobs, State tuition breaks, Social Security benefits, and the government is doing little about it. Take note, that for any bleeding heart reason, these illegals deliberately came into the country under false pretenses, many of whom forged vital documents such as Social Security Cards, licenses, etc, and knew exactly what they were doing. There is a constitutional obligation for all Federal, State employees, and legislators, and the military to uphold and protect the US Constitution by Oath, and violating it by not enforcing the laws should require immediate termination from their position, including all who voted to allow this violation right up to the President. Those border guards who went to prison doing their job to protect us represent well just what the problem is at the borders. When will the public and the govt wake up and fix this before we lose our country? Pelosi should be removed.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  9. Taylor, Kennewick WA

    If the republicans had their way all of the retired repblicans would line up at the border with their shotguns and...well let's just say they would not come in peace. THAT, is un-American. I agree that their has to be rules and laws for immigration, but the undeniable fact is that if the people who crossed from Mexico, legal and not, went on strike for one day, half of this country would shut down. We would have no restaurants, no yard work, no construction...you get the idea. These people, and many of them are smarter than you and me, are willing to take the jobs Americans are too lazy to do whether we're in an economic crisis or not. People don't like to see it this way, but that makes them vital to our way of life. Let them in, give them two years to learn english and if they're not doing anything illegal, they're no different from us. It's going to take a lot of work to straighten out those that are already here, but there's no reason we can't make a start for what happens from here on out.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  10. Willaim Tell


    Ms. Pelosi is dead wrong, the rule of law is being enforced by thousands of American citizens who swore to defend and protect this country. She is suppose to uphold these same laws and protect legal American citizens first, not illegals who have broken the laws she swore to uphold. Thank you, WT, Buffalo

    March 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  11. Pat

    Jack: As I corrected a spelling eror of previous comment, this is a repeat.

    When will MEXICO, with all it's resources, treat it's citizens fairly, so they will be able to build good, healthy, educated lives in Mexico, with their families and friends? Isn't the US simply enabling Mexico to avoid treating it's people well, if the US continues to serve as a place to send it's poor and sick?
    There are many rich people in Mexico. There are many ppor people. Where is the middle class?
    By the way, I am a Liberal who wants the best for the people of Mexico, and think it is up to Mexico to provide it.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  12. Richard - Knoxville TN

    Jack - I have no abiding love for Peloci, but, did she actually say that or is it something taken out of context or just made up by the Rushicans ??? - Saying the immigration laws "Un-American" is just a bit over the top – even for her -

    March 20, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  13. Ray in Nashville

    No she is not right, she's playing to her left wing voter base back in California. The idea that enforcing immigraton laws is wrong is being supported by those who are either in this country illegally, or who have relatives that are in this country illegally. It's the same thing as having Wall St. CEO's opposing action to curb executive pay and bonuses.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  14. Lou: Buffalo, NY

    Enforcing our immigration laws IS American. What is UN-AMERICAN Is NOT enforcing these laws. Does Nancy Pelosi represent The American people and the United States Of America, or The Mexican people and Mexico? Nancy Pelosi should be Impeached for making this treasonous statement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  15. Deb B.

    Nancy Pelosi should be removed from office. She is supposed to be enforcing our laws not undermining them.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  16. Greg in Cabot Arkansas

    Nancy Pelsoi is delusional, as usual about immigration.
    My son married a woman from a foreign country and had to pay hefty application fees and wait over 14 months to get the proper paperwork so his new wife could join him in Indiana.

    If Nancy Pelsoi believes that enforcing immigration laws is un-American, why stop there? Let’s ignore traffic laws when we are in a hurry, allow thieves a pass when if have a good excuse or put the IRS tax laws on the honor system…you know, just pay what you think is your fair share….

    Contrary to the old saying that “laws are made to be broken”…..laws are made to be obeyed….or changed if necessary.……that’s the real American way…

    March 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  17. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, of course she isn't right, we are a soverign nation. We have borders, and those borders are to be protected. She's way off base on this issue.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  18. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    Nancy Pelosi and Dick Cheney run neck and neck in the category of being correct. She is as wrong as two left shoes. Since when don't the laws of this country matter to our elected officials? She needs to be impeached.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  19. Bob


    The Speaker of the House is full of herself. When it comes to perks she feels like she should be treated like a queen... or else!! How can she talk like this about immigration.

    She does not represent mainstream America whether democrat or republican. She craves for the media attention and panders to her California hispanic constituents and hispanics in general.

    I thought when Congress made laws and the President signed them then that is "American" not "Unamerican". She sets an extremely poor example for our nation and is not providing the leadership necessary to have folks come together and solve difficult problems like immigration.
    Look at the carnage along the US border with Mexico. It is both drug carnage and human trafficking carnage. You just can't let America become so destabilized that anyone who wants to come into to the US illegally has carte blanche to do so.

    As far as I'm concerned, the quicker she gets the axe as the Speaker of the House, the better Democrats will be in working with Republicans to solve some of our difficult problems like immigration. How about house majority leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland, he would be a consensus builder.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  20. Justin

    Jack, there are both good and bad immigration laws on the books. Regardless of these, people fleeing to the US from Mexico are fleeing rampant violence, crime, and poverty. We can't write penalties worse than what is happening in Mexico right now.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  21. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    Jack, are you purposely trying to get the Lou Dobbs crowd rioting? Well, maybe it was stupid and unpolitic to say, but I do not know the whole context.

    I do know that one does not arrest 4-7 million hard working "Americans" because they got here the wrong way. Do you send the breadwinner back to Mexico when the mother and child (born here) cannot legally be deported? Do you hire 50,000 Texas Rangers on horseback and give them lassoo to heard them across the Rio Grand? If the economy was booming, no one would want their jobs, nor be discussing the problem.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  22. Kevin in Taxachusetts

    Nancy Pelosi is unAmerican. When she gives up her pension, healthcare and other perks that we the people don't get, and has to pay into social security, and buy her own healthcare, and doesn't automatically get a raise then maybe she see life as the rest of us do and stop giving OUR country away!

    March 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  23. Sweedie

    I'm originally from Sweden, now living in Virginia and attending a community college in the area. I moved here not only to get a good education, but also because I had met someone in the area. We've been together for two years now and if we can't come up with the money to put me through two more years of school, I will be deported and we won't see each other for a long time. This would not be a problem if we would've been a straight couple, but since that's not the case we can't marry, hence I cannot receive a permanent residency.
    The discriminating immigration laws needs to be changed, there is a bill that has been presented called the "Uniting American Families Act" that would give gay permanent partners of American citizens the same rights as partners of straight American citizens. This bill needs to be supported in congress!

    March 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  24. James Lenon - Chuckey TN

    Ms. Pelosi should realize that every time she opens her mouth she proves herself to be the intellectual and political equal of Mr. Limbaugh,

    I'm not worried about Obama or Biden. Pelosie, on the other hand, frightens me as much as did Bush & Cheney.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  25. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    That's an interesting choice of words. She didn't say that our immigration laws are un-American, but that enforcing them is un-American. Sadly, she is right.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  26. Kassey in Alabama

    As a Democrat, I have to disagree with Nancy Pelsoi and say to not enforce our immigration laws in un-American!! These illegals come into our country and corporations hire them for cheap labor, some bring more drugs into our country, and now some corporations won't hire Americans unless they speak both English and Spanish. I understand some come into our country because they are scared of their government that are ran by drug cartels but they need to come in the "right" way like everyone else.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  27. John

    Jack, I understand the extent to which this country needs to be labor competitive in a global market, but we need to realize the people coming to this country are out of the starting gate with a different ethical & educational standard than most people of the world. This imbalance brings hardship to them because they have to learn a totally different way of life. Plus, once these people get here, they feel their culture is being attacked because of this country's simple requirement(s) to learn & adapt to "our" way of life. They in turn hate the people & culture of this country & care only to tear it down or make it their own.
    We must also look at what type of country they've created for themselves (they're less likely to produce a better one here when they feel hated). In addition, ask yourself when a technological advancement or any kind of advancement for mankind has come out of a Latin American country?!
    Nancy Pelosi looks at the illegal alien issue only from the prospects of having a larger voting & labor(unions) base, not whether it's American or Un-American!
    The problem with not today saying that illegal is not illegal means, something else tomorrow will have to be more illegal (who knows what that might be or how we'll control it when that day comes) to make what today should have been called illegal.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  28. Rachel in Tennessee

    No, she is wrong. I know our country was built on immigration, we all came from somewhere else, etc, etc, etc. But we're no longer a new unexplored country full of prosperity. It's now every man for themselve. We HAVE to close the door on immigration, at least until we clean up our own house, THEN MAYBE we can start letting the unfortunate people of the rest of the world in legally in a controlled fashion. The way it is now has got to stop.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  29. TennesseeFrost

    Yes Jack she is right... America was founded on people coming to the new world for a new life... when we close these doors ... we become stale and forget what made us who we are,,,

    greed and fear is winning... we are all... Mutts...

    Open door, open boarders and open hearts and we win..


    March 20, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  30. Anj in CA

    Personally, I think anyone who says that is clueless. We do not have enough resources to care for everyone as is, and she wants to allocate ever shrinking resources to those who aren't entitled to it. I don't even understand the thinking.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  31. Pete from Atlantic Highlands, NJ

    She is quite wrong and is pandering to her core constituency. If she thinks they are "un-American," she can challenge their constitutionality in court, or introduce new ones in the congress. Until then, any laws on the books should be enforced, and Congress should fully fund their enforcement.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  32. Chuck in Warren, Ohio

    Jack: Nancy Pelsoi is right. No one in America is enforcing immigration laws that have been on the books forever!

    March 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  33. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I don't think enforcing the law is "un-American", however, some of our immigration laws do seem to run against what we are supposed to be about as Americans. We proudly hold out the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of our country and it says "Give me your tired, your hungry, your poor" if I'm not mistaken.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  34. jim bryant

    It is not un-American, but impossible to return illegals back. It is simply a no-win scnerio.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  35. Anthony,,,,NJ

    Tell Nancy to start beefing up on her Spanish. The Census Bureau is predicting a Hispanic majority by the end of the century, Mexico is doing what it couldn't do at the Alamo....that is quietly invading and taking over the country. Buenos dias!

    March 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  36. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    Its all about supply and demand. And right now we have too much supply of workers, and not enough demand for work. We don't need any more immigrants here, we are over capacity! Sorry Pelosi, times have changed.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  37. bob z.from pa.

    i am a 70 year old man who served in the navy i have two sons who served one a retiered chief who put 26 yrs in i have grand daughter who is in navy a grand son in iraq and these people come here illegaly take all our rights and iam un american you have some nerve

    March 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  38. Joe in Missouri

    No, she is not right. But it is wrong to scapegoat even illegal immigrants.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  39. simonsays

    Absolutely astounding that anyone could come up with a statement like that. What other laws does she not want to enforce to make us more patriotic? This woman is a lunatic and she's running the government.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  40. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    The U.S. not only allowed but in some instances encouraged illegal immigrants to come into the country and take jobs paying much less than the minimum wage laws allow. This of course was all done for the benefit of Capitalism and Corporate America.

    Had the latter not happened and America had always tried to prevent illegal entry into the country then Polosi would be wrong.

    However, now these people have established families of which some are now legal citizens raiding and splitting these families apart could be considered Un-American if being American means having a sense of decency and compassion.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  41. Tommy, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

    There is no magic potion given illegal immigrants when they come come here from Mexico that makes them suddenly start thinking like an American. They come here with all the baggage they collected while living in a place where expectations are low, police are corrupt and the government has only one purpose, its own survival. If Polosi wonders what 10 more years if illegal immigration will do to this country she has only to look south. Gang wars, drug cartels and undrinkable water are all in America's future unless this flood of illegals is checked. We defend every border in the world, it's time we started defending our own.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  42. Jay in Nashville

    We should enforce our immigration laws. Ms Pelosi is so out of reality. I am hopeful that her fellow Democrats in the House revolt against her and soon. Jay in Nashville, TN

    March 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  43. Mark in OKC

    It boggles my mind to think that there are actually people who wouldn't mind if the entire population of a third world country just walked across the border to make themselves at home here in OUR country. Politicians like Pelosi would be singing a different tune about illegal-immigration if she knew most of the illegals would one day vote republican. It's always politics first, never country first with Pelosi and her ilk.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  44. Eileen Peabody MA

    That woman does NOT think before she speaks does she????

    We are speaking of standing immigration laws on the books, aren't we????

    Is it now the Speaker of the House’s responsibility to pick and choose which laws we should obey? HMMMMM

    March 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  45. Rick Medina,OH


    She is Speaker of the House, right? Sometimes, I think she is Speaker of the Idiots. It is scary to think she is two heartbeats away from the Presidency.

    I understand why she made that statement ... widespread immigration was and is a huge factor in building this country. My great-great grandfather actually fought with the British in the War of 1812, but when it was over, he never went home. America is that kind of magnet.

    But, somewhere along the line, we need to stop 'picking and choosing' which laws we will enforce. Immigration laws require reform, but it is not an answer to fail to enforce them in the interim. And for someone so close to the top office in our nation to make such a pathetic statement ... we can do better!

    Rick, Medina, OH

    March 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  46. Sue Modarelli

    Dear Jack; What is the matter with our congress, Pelosi especially. Soooo many of our problems would not be if they would see that our existing laws were enforced. Do they all leave their brains in cold storage when they go to Washington? I say it is un-Amrican for them (elected officials) to not enforce the laws and borders on treason! Sue M

    March 20, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  47. Ted, Beaverton, OR

    The heart of our immigration laws are based on American ideals and goals and always have been. Pelosi should read them. The laws go back even further than she's been around...a long, long time. Lately, thankfully, it seems the economy is taking care of the Immi-laws. You should work on something you know about, House Madam Pelosi.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  48. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Nancy Pelosi needs to go back and study about Ellis Island. All of these people came here legally,learned to speak english and became Americans. My wife came here legally from the Philippines,became a tax-paying U.S. citizen and has no interest in going back to her former country. By not enforcing our immigration laws we have a failing overcrowded school system,a health care system that that is falling apart,a social safety net that takes care of illegals instead of U.S. citizens and a drug war that has invaded every part of the United States. Unless we wake up and do something soon,we will become a fourth world country not worth living in.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  49. Helena, Clearwater, FL

    To allow illegal immigrants access to free health care, welfare checks including food stamps, free housing and free education while they send their money to their home country is what I call un-American. I have no problem with legal immigrants but the ones that come here illegally and sponge from the taxpayers is truly wrong. The pregnant ones that come here to birth an American citizen should be treated according to our laws. Legal stay and illegal go home. if they don't want to leave their children, they should take them with them. I am sick of knowing about the financial dificulties in our country and blame some of this mess on the people that illegally cross our borders and take money out of the mouths of our citizens.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  50. Jim S from Gardendale, Alabama

    Ms. Pelosi is quite obviously ignoring the will of the American people with this statement which is appaling. I suppose with her philosophy, Ellis Island would have never existed! Immigration in this country has changed over the centuries and the need for more stringent enforcement is essential both to job preservation and national security. Someone needs to give this woman a heads up as well as an attitude adjustment.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  51. eloy hernandez

    I came to this country as a young man with my brother and my mom. I saw my mom work hard and long to provided for two small kids during my childhood. Then, I also saw her lose job after job because what she did for $10 an hour an inllegal alien would do for $5. I wonder if Pelosi thinks that illegal aliens care whether it is un American to violate the rights of the American citizens. I think Ms Pelosi is not thinking about the American citizens, but most probably about some secret agenda to see if she can get some illegals to work for her husband in American Samoa somewhere.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  52. Richard in Kansas

    She's got her head in the sand or somewhere else. It's not 120 years ago when our ancestors came by boat to our shores. It's 2009 and American citizens having a job as well as paying taxes is the only thing she should be focused on.

    Wonder what else she can't seem to understand?

    March 20, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  53. Rose in Az

    Pelosi is the one that is un-American. She knows full well how much these people are draining our economy, she just doesn't seem to care. I wonder if she knows the meaning of the word "illegal".
    She is just looking for votes, she has no shame.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  54. kevin R. in San Francisco, CA

    Yes, she is. Unfortunately, our education system is so terrible that half the country probably doesn't even know that America is the land of immigrants. People have a bad habbit of forgetting where they came from.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  55. Leigh (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

    Since when is enforcing ANY law "un-American"? If Americans no longer believe in a law, the truly "American" thing to do is to vote to change it, not just ignore it and fail to enforce it.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  56. Jenna Wade

    Nancy Pelsoi says enforcing our immigration laws is “un-American.” Is she right?

    She should have phrased it better. She should have said "enforcing our current immigration laws is "un-American"

    How soon we all forget that our nation was founded on immigrants (legal and illegal) . Our current immigration laws are haphazard at best. So our immigration laws need to be reformed before they can be enforced.

    Roseville CA

    March 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  57. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    No Jack, the only thing Un-American is Pelosi, Obama and all of the Democratic leaders in Congress. This AIG and Immigration mess will provide the Republicans the ability to regain control of the Congress in 2010 and limit Obama to one term!

    March 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  58. Harold from Anchorage,AK

    She has apparently forgotten which branch of government she belongs to, as well as being out of touch with the majority of American citizens; just as she was by "taking impeachment off the table" in 2006.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  59. RSB - St George, UT

    I understand Ms. Pelosi's point about separating a mother from children and sending the mother out of the country while the children are allowed to remain, because the children were born here while the mother was illegal. However, that is a problem with the law and it should be changed. We need to end the practice of granting automatic citizenship carte blanche to anyone born on US soil. Rather, the child should only be eligible for US Citizenship if at least one of their parents was either a citizen or legal resident at the time of birth. Otherwise, the child automatically gets the citizenship of the parent...and then send them both home. This will help end abuse of entitlement programs, for instance, when an illegal immigrant comes here and has one child which is automatically granted US citizenship because of birth, and the next thing you know the entire family is here on the taxpayers' dime–that is, the rest of the kids, two sets of grandparents, and all the in-laws–all of them living off of the social services and entitlement programs the one US citizen baby qualifies for. Here in the southwest, we see it all around us every day. If Pelosi doesn't think there is something intrinsically wrong with that kind of fraud/abuse of our social safety net, then she is un-American.

    (Roland/St. George, UT)

    March 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  60. Brian - Trinidad

    In the Middle East, when the terrorists use their children to shield them from attacks,we call them cowards and go after them anyways.In America when the illegal immigrants use their children to shield them from arrest,we call the law officers dirty names.What a country we have become!

    March 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  61. Anne

    Our selective enforcement is unamerican but not surprising. ICE will swoop in on companies employing young women and arrest them all because it is an easy bust. We are holding women, children and infants in appalling jail systems for months at a time. It is cruel and inhuman treatment. All the while the smugglers, drug dealers and gang leaders are in the revolving door in and out of jail rather than being deported. We have allowed these immigrants in our country for decades and we must create a fair and equitable policy rather than the helter skelter mess we have. Much like our criminal justice system, our immigration system allows those that can afford to hire a good attorney the option to fight the system. Visit Texas you can this in action.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  62. Russ in Maine

    Pelosi is on the same page as the rest of this administration, give away the country in hopes of rallying thousands of votes to keep their butts elected. We the average American citizen are soon to be the minority , so this strategy may unfortunately work! For two hundred+ years the system has worked well in bringing millions into the country legally with many success stories. Therefore, why pray tell would we want to continue using the system when we, congress, can change it to help ourselves remain in office no matter what the cost to our nation! The morons currently making many decisions with little to no thought as to long range implications, might want to review history and all of the great and powerful civilizations that have collapsed and went down the tubes by making unwise decisions. The huge stimulus package with multitudes of ramifications on our system being passed with virtually no-one reading it looks to me to be a pretty serious stepping off point to head down this path.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  63. Rich Monk

    Hey Jack,
    Mrs. Pelosi is absolutely wrong!
    The reason there are 11 Million and growing undocumented people in the USA is because people like her selectively follow laws that you and I must follow every day. She is part of the problem, just like Bush before her. More illegal aliens means more votes for Democrats, and more illegal aliens for Bush meant cheap labor for Corporate America at the expense of labor and wages and the US taxpayer.
    The laws regarding immigration are on the books Lady, follow them. Same with abortion, same with going to war, same with separation of Church and State. The laws are already in place you bunch of political, spineless, dimwits!
    But it is time to re-write the laws on the "War on drugs" because this has been as much a failure and even more so than Iraq and Afghanistan debacles.
    Rich Monk, Carlsbad, Ca.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  64. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    I don't know if the laws are unAmerican, but dragging people out of their homes without warning or in the dead of night certainly smacks of gestapo-like tactics. It seems to me, in a civilized country like our own, there must be a better way to deal with illegal immigrants. And once they get these people, human beings like ourselves, into these jails, they let too many of them die or go without needed medical care. They also are treated it seems without regard to their human dignity. After all, the only crime most of them commited was to come to America for a better life.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  65. Jim from Chicago

    Jack, you are taking Speaker Pelosi's words completely out of context. Naturally, the right wing blogs are doing the exact same thing. Pelosi said that she is for comprehensive immigration reform and protecting our borders. She is not for kicking in doors in the middle of the night and dragging out parents, separating them from their screaming children. In volatile issues like this, I think you would agreee that context is key.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  66. Ben from Boston

    Mexico is part of North America. Probably enforcement looks un-American by those born south of the Rio Grande; but for me it looks as American as apple pie for a country governed by the rule of law. By the way, does Mexico enforce its immigration laws?

    March 20, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  67. ben stockton, calif

    pelosi is correct.. we need our own [legal] people and legal immigrants to do whatever america needs to get done [JOBS] at this point most americans will do whatever it takes to feed their families etc..hunger will usually motivate people to work even though it is a menial job .with OBAMA at the helm i feel confident things will get better ben stockton, calif

    March 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  68. John McInerney

    "Un-American" is just another term used to manipulate emotion for whatever your cause is.
    Immigration LAWS are exactly that. Laws of our nation. If they need to be repealed so be it, but they must not be ignored by anyone because our borders are being violated overwhelmingly.
    Pelosi should know this being a representative of the laws.

    March 20, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  69. Janne

    This statement so outrages me I truly cannot form an intelligent response to express my anger at the absurdity of her comment. Why is it unAmerican to want to keep our boarders secure, why is it our responsiblity to spend our already thinned financial resources on people that are not citizens? I think Pelosi needs to learn to listen to the mainstream citizens of this country instead of the left wing liberals and the illegal immigrants that make up her state. She needs to remember that she is suppose to represent the "citizens"of this country, not the interests of Mexico.

    March 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  70. Edward Archer

    She's right you know. Kicking in doors in the morning, afternoon or night is wrong and definitedly unamerican. These people are not violent so why are the police so violent? Give them a break!

    March 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  71. John T. Lucas

    Dear Mr. Cafferty:

    Since when is enforcing the laws of the US unamerican? Since when is punishing lawbreakers unamerican?

    Ms. Pelosi has an agenda on illegal alians, one that does the US no good and creates monumental economic and security problems.

    John Luca
    Victoria BC

    March 20, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  72. Edward Archer

    By the way, she is not pandering. Don't put words in her mouth that she is against enforcing laws. She and every American is against a police state, a group of guys with guns who kick in doors in the middle of the night. We can agree that we are against that, right?

    March 20, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  73. Karen - Nashville TN

    Her comments are un-American. As a legal immigrant I worked in Pelosi's state of California. I was astonished when I accepted a position, presented my immigration documents, and was told, "Thank you. We like to know you have these but we are not allowed to ask for them." Can you imagine this absurdity in any other country?

    March 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  74. Ben in Guam

    Hello Jack this is Ben in Guam.

    Nancy Pelosi is not right. We have to enforce our laws, control our borders etc. OK, OK, let's not kick in doors in the middle of the night, let's do it during the daytime.
    By the way we miss Jack's Cafferty File during the weekend please have him on the new Situation Room's Saturday show!

    March 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  75. Carl D.

    Pelosi is totally wrong. Look at the effect illegal immigration has on jobs and economy, and the burden on our Hospitals and medical care, schools. Also, we as a country can't just pick and choose which laws we are going to enforce.
    Carl in Illinois

    March 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  76. Bill in Michigan

    Usually I'm laughing at Pelosi, but to some degree I have to agree with her on this. What most Americans fail to remember is that 95% of us all come from people that immigrated to this country in search of a better life. It has been that constant stream of innovation and new perspectives that has helped to build up our country. It drove the industrial revolution and continues in the semi conductor industry.

    The periodic backlash creating "immigrant laws" really is "un-American" if not hypocritical if you think about it. We look it with disdain and as a black mark on our history when is was against the Irish in the 1800's or the Chinese in the 1900's. Do we really want to repeat those mistakes with the Latinos in the 2000's?

    March 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  77. Ron from SF

    I'm not comfortable with either that idea, or of kicking someone's door down at night. Of course, I worry more about people, than ideology and I think she's confusing the two.

    March 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  78. Fred Keyser, WV

    Someone was actually enforcing our immigration laws? That's a nice change. With the shape our country is in we do need "reform" and by that i mean more people on the southern border controlling the drug traffic coming through Mexico. How much safer would our country be if we would have spent the god knows how many trillions of dollars that was wasted on the Iraq "war" on securing the border.

    March 20, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  79. Mini

    Illegal immigrants are just like trespassers. If police officers can work through the night protecting us against intruders why shouldn’t immigration agents? Standing by flouters under the premises of un-Americanisation means disregarding the legal immigrants who have proved themselves worthy of a place on American soil.

    Phoenix, Az

    March 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  80. S, Michigan

    Wow!!! The Speaker of our House saying that enforcing our nation's laws is unamerican?? She's playing to her San Fran voters (which possibly includes some who should not vote in our elections!). Term limits! Term limits! Term limits!

    March 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  81. linda north carolina

    Dear Nancy; if you want immigration reform then by all means put a bill before Congress and earn your pay. Until then" we have to enforce our laws, control our borders, protect our workers ." There is nothing unamerican about it!

    March 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  82. Tara McKinney, Texas

    No. Jack first of all lets look at Mrs. Pelosi's background in law. Ummm She has none. I am of the opinion that Nancy Pelosi is pandering to her voters and nothing else. If she felt so strongly and passionate about her convictions on illegal immigration then why has she done nothing about it in her tenure in politics? That’s 22 years and she has done nothing. We are a nation of laws and those laws should be enforced until they are stricken down. Mrs. Pelosi either needs to do something to change the laws or shut up and sit down and let those that enforce laws do their job.

    March 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  83. Mary Johnson

    I think its Unamerican to NOT enforce our immigration laws.
    On the other hand, I do NOT think it necessary to break down peoples doors in the middle of the night. Most of the time, if someone knocks on your door you go and open it, right? Then what's with this over dramatic need to break down doors. Our problem is mostly at the borders where people are able to just cross over whenever they like.
    I realise there is a culture of uncontrolled crossings back and forth over the decades, but in recent years the criminal elements have exaserbated the problems related to controlling illegal immigration.
    No easy answers here.

    March 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  84. Mike

    Fishers, Indiana

    Madame Speaker is definitely wrong here. She was clearing trying to grab some votes before the democrats start to lose their majority in 2010 – and I hope that was her only intention, because when it comes to protecting American safety, jobs and rights, if an elected statesperson takes the road that these things are themselves un-American, we've got a bigger problem on our hands!

    What and insult to our fine border patrolmen and law enforcement officials! Shame, shame...

    March 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  85. AspenFreePress

    For the U.S. to start trying to enforce immigration laws with any effect would be like Mexico's new effort to enforce its drug laws after decades of looking the other way. There would be violence, possibly even civil war. There is no border with Mexico, but no one wants to say it outloud. The only people to adhere to border restrictions these days in any significant numbers are elderly Americans who go to Mexico for cheap meds, then get searched as they re-enter the U.S. Last time I got searched with my cancer meds at Juarez I could see down the Rio Grande' where people were going back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico easy as pie.
    Sterling Greenwood/Aspen Free Press

    March 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  86. SY, Oviedo, FL

    Would that she had said , "If borders were manned and current laws enforced, anything like the entire Elian Gonzalez horror would be forever impossible."

    March 20, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  87. Mike in San Antonio

    No...she's about as wrong as a person can get...and as a sworn representative of the United States, I'd say she has grossly fallen down on the job.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  88. Barbara - NC

    I think if she doesn't want families separated like they sometimes are, then the entire family should be deported .


    March 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  89. Al from SoCal

    Nancy Pelosi is is trying to equate 19th century thinking to a post 911 world. In the past everyone loved America everyone wanted to be an American and come to America and almost everyone would die for America. Now things have changed there are so many that would die to hurt American and would use any vulnerability we have to hurt America and Americans. And one of those vulnerability is our immigration situation. We need to stand up for American citizens first. Nancy Pelosi is dangerously wrong.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  90. Rick in California

    The speaker is way too full of herself. It's not un-American. It is upholding the law. All of us in California pretty much know she is full of hot air.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  91. Sarah

    Jack, Speaker Pelosi didn't say enforcing our immigration laws is un-American. This is a leading, unfair question.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  92. Bernadette Loesch

    Dear Jack, On this one I must disagree with you. What I heard Speaker Pelosi say was that knocking down doors in the middle of the night was not right, not our immigration policies. Breaking into ones' home sounds more to me like the old Russia or Communist China of today.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  93. Rob

    No, but Nancy Pelosi rarely gets anything correct. Is this "comprehesive immigration reform" term everyone throws around just a new way of saying amnesty?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  94. Jon Thor Hannesson

    She is right, what nation in the world calls guests and tourists visiting US "aliens" just that say´s it all.


    March 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  95. Alexander Bandukwala

    America is a country of immigrants and always will be there were no native people to this land even the "american indians" migrated here. So my point is every human being deserves a chance to live in America ans live the American dream even if we think we're better than everyone else and we are the only ones whom deserve this country.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  96. Jared

    I don't think that Sen. Pelosi is saying that the law should not be enforced, but you have to admit there is an historical irony here, when the children of immigrants are knocking down the doors of immigrants in the middle of the night.

    Isn't more likely that she is criticizing the method of enforcement more than she is criticizing enforcement?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  97. Gary Pietila

    I am disgusted at Pelosi's comments. Who does she represent American citizens or illegal aliens?

    With unemployment of AMERICANS extrememly high why does she want to continue to allow illegal aliens to take American jobs from citizens.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  98. John Hatfield

    Yes, Jack, I do agree with Nancy Pelsoi. Our Immigration laws need a complete revision. The INS is so close to an SS organization it's down right scary.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  99. Craig King

    Pelosi has no respect for the law or the constitution. I would like to ask her a question... How many times has the US government kicked in a door in the middle of the night to arrest an illegal alien? Perhaps she is referring to Elián González?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  100. Chris S from California

    I think voting for Nancy Pelosi is "un-American".

    March 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  101. Stanford Myers

    She is wrong. The U.S. has laws, and they should be followed. Also, Pelosi doesn't have to compete with the illegal alien labor for a job. I do.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  102. rebecca

    Once again, Pelosi is wrong.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  103. Amanda Formaro

    I have some pretty strong feelings about illegal immigration. I have no problem with someone who enters this country through legal means, LEARNS the language and obeys the laws. I have a BIG problem with paying my taxes, obeying the laws and then paying for illegal immigrants to collect welfare and food stamps. Nancy is WRONG.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  104. Brendan Flynn

    I actually felt so strongly about Pelosi's comments to the audience in California that I felt it was my duty as a citizen of this country to provide feedback. Illegal immigration is a topic upon which leniency cannot be afforded. My parents both came from Ireland in the early 80's. Both went took the citizenship test, became educated and my father worked as a police officer, my mother a nurse. Assimilation and work for the common American ideology is essential to the future strength of this country. Illegal immigrants must be documented, treated as criminals while in the country and deported upon identification by law enforcement.

    No weakness.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  105. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    What's un-American is the fact that previous administrations not only turned a blind eye to the problem, but even waved many of these folks across our southern borders in order to provide cheap labor for their rich buddies. Now that these workers are no longer desired, yet have spent much of their lives here and put down roots, yes Jack it is not only un-American to kick in a door in the middle of the night and break up families, it's downright inhuman!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  106. BILL, Wisconsin

    Does Nancy Pelosi make any distinction between illegal immigration and legal immigration. And her example is probably false also on multiple levels. First if the children are under 18 they should leave with their parents and two, how many of those forms of forced entry can she prove.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  107. Markus

    I think it is absolutely ridiculous, and incredible, how far people will go to defend "imaginary" borders. No person is illegal.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  108. Rhena

    I guess I'm a republican on this matter. They are here ILLEGALLY! If I do something illegal it's illegal, why is it unamerican if they are shipped back? I will start robbing banks and claim it is unamerican to arrest me, I'm in the pursuit of happiness here. Doesn't matter that it is illegal.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  109. Katie

    She is right. Laws should be enforced, but I would hope in America they would be enforced with regard to basic human compassion and decency. Tearing children away from their parents is not showing basic regard for human dignity.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  110. Patrick, Austin, TX

    As a law maker, you would believe Mrs. Pelosi would have a little bit more respect for the rule of law. If she does not like the current law, then as one of the most powerful people in Congress, then she should change the law. Not enforcing the law is not American.

    Austin, TX

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  111. christine hushion

    It is critical to our national security and financial survival that we enforce our immigration laws. We are a country of laws, or else we have chaos. She is dead wrong and scares me!
    Chris Denver, CO

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  112. Hubert Bertrand Oberlin La.

    How can that lady stay in office. Nancy is wrong wrong wrong. 12 year olds have more common since than she have

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  113. Dale in Michigan

    It only makes sense to let illegal aliens be un-regulated, if we are going to permit Wall Street and the financial industry to be un-regulated. We should not discriminate.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  114. ryan

    un-American? These are practices used to find illegal immigrants. They are not true Americans, so how can this be seen as un-American? This is coming from a Democrat, who pledges to protect the rights of lower and middle-class Americans. We need to enforce our laws and protect our borders in order to secure these American's interests. She needs to stop playing both sides of the fence.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  115. Johnna Meyer

    I agree with Pelosi. If we are a country of laws, then enforce the laws in an humane way which does not mean breaking down doors in the middle of the night. If law enforcement knows enough about the individuals they are looking for, then find them in the day and arrest them. A vigilante mentality is not necessary.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  116. Chris

    When did we change the term "Illegal Alien" into "Undocumented?"

    When will we realize that this is not Colonial America anymore. We can't take everyone who wants to be here. We can't give citizenship and status to everyone that wants it. We need to enforce our current laws as well as update the constititutional requirements for citizenship. Just being on our soil and inside our borders should not be enough.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  117. Lynn

    It's un-American to follow the law? Pelosi apparently thinks it's American to pick and choose the laws you want to follow. I'm a Democrat, but I'd never vote for Pelosi or any candidate who subscribes to the belief that it's up to the individual to choose which laws to obey.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  118. Bcoz, Ont Canada

    Jack, even up here in Canada, land of the we take them all, even our Immigration Minister Jason Kenney today says immigrants who can't speak English or French well enough should be denied citizenship.
    Kenney told an immigration conference in Calgary that more efforts need to be made to integrate individuals coming to Canada. He said newcomers should be required to have a working knowledge of either official language.

    Now that is a big step up here, and just wait and see, it will cause riots on the streets. I think its a step the right way.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  119. Adé

    Jack, you need to help me here.... where in our immigration laws does it say that we have to kick down doors to get illigal immgrants for deportation (Oh..the new language now is removal)?

    Please...it is simply American to treat people humanely. Nancy is correct., Jack is wrong.


    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  120. michael colin

    Of course its un-American, its nazi-like. These are innocent people who are bein taken away from their kids, all because they want to improve their lives.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  121. Hector Avalos

    Mr. Cafferty,
    The clip you showed of Ms. Pelosi's statements did not state what you said Ms. Pelosi stated–namely that enforcing America's immigration laws
    was unamerican. What I interpreted from that clip is that
    THE INHUMANE WAY in which ICE is enforcing those
    laws is unamerican. She specifically cited the breaking
    down of doors in the middle of the night, and the separation
    of parents from children. We can enforce these laws in
    a more humane way. So, do you have a better clip to illustrate
    your interpretation of Ms. Pelosi's statements?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  122. wayne Danley

    If there is a law that is by its nature anti American (being anti immigrant, anti family, and focused on one ethnic group), as our immigration laws are, then yes, it is anti American to enforce such a law.
    The answer is to revamp our bad laws, not enforce them. None of these "enforcement actions" will solve this problem.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  123. Stan

    It is the anti-immigration hysteria that needs to stop. People are looking for a scapegoat to blame our economic troubles on. Often it leads to hate. It's quite Orwellian to present a dichotomy of perspectives, that America is open to all those who seek a better life, but then turn around and treat those same people like criminals.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  124. Ruilt

    Well technically she's right. People seem to forget that America was founded by immigrants from other countries. But i'm not saying we shouldn't cut down on immigration especially of the illegal variety, i do think its wrong to export parents out of the country leaving the fates of their children, born in the us in the hands of social services, us relatives, etc.

    Spring Hill, FL

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  125. Ken Morrison

    I think ignoring immigration law is anti-american. I live in Arizona, where it is becoming a huge issue. I don't understand why its un-americian to enforce this law? They say it is breaking up familys? Well, if I break the law, I go to jail, and my family is broken up. How is that any differant?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  126. Citizen Tracie

    How can enforcing the laws concerning immigration be un-American when these people are "un-American." They are not here lawfully and many who know they should have been documented, don't even bother. How is that fair to the many who have started the process to do the right thing and are still waiting?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  127. monica birakos from whittier, ca

    Jack, I am "Hispanic" and I find your tone about this rather condescending. Although I think it is important for people to abide by the law, including immigration laws; I think you have to get to know some "illegal" immigrants to make an educated response. I work within a school district and I see these people everyday and for the most part they are just here to find a better life.
    What I think Speaker Pelosi was trying to say was that these are human beings; they are not "aliens" as they are often referred to, wrongly. Therefore going about enforcing these laws has to be done in a humane way, an American way.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  128. Dick Blaylock

    Did Nancy not take a oath to uphold the laws and constitution? WE ARE THE PEOPLE,and WE VOTE.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  129. independent4ever los angeles, ca

    I think Pelosi was very wrong in this instance. There is a path to legal immigration in this country. However, there are far too many who seek to reach our borders in an illegal manner. Why should the law abiding immigrants be dismissed in favor of those who are resorting to illegal means? In this instance, Pelosi was simply grandstanding for her audience.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  130. Brian Sejat

    If it's un-American than why isn't it outlawed in our constitution. Border enforcement and illegal immigrant raids are what keep us American CITIZENS protected from criminals.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  131. Cheryl

    I love to listen to you because you are the only one that I seem to agree with 🙂 To answer your question, Nancy Pelosi is dead wrong! I live in Phoenix, Arizona and believe me, we all are tired of trying to compete with the illegal Mexicans for jobs here. They will work for less and guess who will get hired first. The only one on our side is Sheriff Joe. He is the ONLY one that will do anything about this mess.
    Keep up the good work and I hope you stay on the tv with your reports and comments for a very long time to come.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  132. Job

    Pelosi is absolutely right. Some laws such as those that permitted slavery are inherrently immoral and un-American. Existing immigration laws that allow enforcers to burst doors at midnight and seperate children from their parents are un-American. Pelosi gets it, many still don't! That's what's got to be reformed.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  133. Ben England

    Pelosi is un-American she should be sent back to Mexico w/the illegals. Congress is supposed to protect us and our laws,not try to ues criminals for their own gain.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  134. Doug

    NO! enforcing our laws in not un-American. Nancy Pelosi is a disgrace to our country. For her to be speaker is beyond comprehension.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  135. w ruxlow

    Such a statement should cost her the speaker's position. Does anyone think that her party members will have the "guts" to remove her from that position?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  136. Howard M., Bolingbrook IL

    The Speaker is wrong. The law is the law, if it is on the books it must be enforced.
    If the speaker has a problem with the current policy/law she should work to change the laws, not selectively ignore them.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  137. Rose Marie Plante

    Jack, Nancy Pelosi is out of her mind. The immigration laws that this country has have been ignored for so many years. It's about time that we follow those laws. The illiegal immigrants are costing money that is being taken away from the American polulation. And this is from a person who's grandparents came from Canada at the turn of the century

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  138. Erastus Mong'are

    Jack, Pelosi is quite right, it is "un-American" to kick people's doors at night and shipping them off without regard for their children and all they have worked for. What if that was your home, your son's, your parents', would you still want that done to them? Bottom line, America is a land of immigrants and built by immigrants. Let us find a better way to deal with those who have broken the laws than the barbaric midnight raids-only thieves strike at night.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  139. Jay

    Nancy Pelosi is a disgrace to the American people for her comments on immigration! A real slap in the face to the hard working folks that have come here before and followed the rules and made a life.

    Time we got rid of her she is dangerous!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  140. Rolando DePuy

    No... It is Nancy Pelosi that is unamerican who has no idea of the American Financial situation. Just because she has everything at her disposal ie Airforce et al does not mean the public is in that shape. She is not losing funds to Illegal people who are a burden to all of us tax payers.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  141. Kevin

    Nancy Pelosi is an idiot. Illegal aliens are in this country in violation of our laws. Since when did rewarding lawbreakers benefit the American people? Who pays for the cost of these individuals anyway? Here's a hint – The American Taxpayer! Why doesn't she do the nation a favor and resign.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  142. Barry Watson

    Hello. We need to Uphold the laws set forth in the constitution by any means necessary.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  143. cap10jack

    I'm inclined to agree with Pelosi. Why don't we allow everyone to pick the laws they want to obey and ignore the rest? It would lower the crime rate and eliminate the need for jails... And just think my fellow Californians, we're paying her salary.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  144. Elise Burk

    What's un-American is Congress representating the Estadios Unidos instead of the People. It is un-American to give benefits to the illegals while giving the American people the bill, especially during times of economic crisis.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  145. Sara

    It is un-american unless they are doing something against the law!


    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  146. Eddie Arredondo

    I have to agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Is it fair that the native Americans were removed from there home land. No one said that was wrong. Is it fair that we say you can't enter the way we entered. Give me your poor your weak your ill. It might as well say give me your qualified. America wants to say the land of the free then we should act more like it and give everyone a chance!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  147. ginger from Trenton, NJ

    Pelosi is soooo wrong but she has been wrong a lot later; not so sure she is interested in the change we want. With so many American CITIZENS out of work, how can she cater to people here illegals. And when did she get to decide which laws should be followed. Are we or are we not a nation of laws?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  148. BOleneck

    I am astounded by the completely idiotic and irresponsible comments by Sen. Pelosi. All our laws need to be inforced, yes ALL... period. If someone is here illegally, then they have broken the law and must be held accountable. It would seem Sen. Pelosi is part of the problem. Why is this so hard for politicians to understand?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  149. cedric

    This is ridiculous. Sure, America is a nation of immigrants, every american comes from somewhere else except native americans. However, some laws regarding immigration should be enforced, for those who wait in line to get their right to become a legal immigrant.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  150. Barbara B. Sherrard

    Jack, what part of illegal does Polesi not get? As for comprehensive immigration reform, who does she think will have to pay for the entitlements all the illigeal aliens would be elligible to receive? Haven't we citizens been given enough to finance already ? No wonder the American population is up in arms.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  151. steven boisvert

    In the clip you played I heard Speaker Pelosi say kicking down doors in the middle of the night and separating parents from their children is un-american. I would agree with her. We have to do something about undocumented families in this country but midnight raids are not the american way.

    Your question is worded to meet your goal of portraying Nancy Pelosi as "idiotic". Meant to incite not to enlighten.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  152. mason

    Nancy is off as usual. Illegal immigrant simply broke our existing law. I do not see the point of rewarding anyone for braking the law, by amnesty or otherwise. Sort of like getting a nice bottle scotch or wine as a punishment for getting caught driving under the influence.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  153. Rhena

    Oh, yeah. If the parents are illegal the children should be illegal also. just because your parents can breed should not give you a free pass. Ship them all back, then no problem with separating families.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  154. Darius N

    Jack, you know very well that we need immigration reform. And you know well that she did not call law enforcement "un-American" but just the practice of raiding houses and separating people from their families. Yes, it may have been "political pandering" but to who? The illegal immigrants who can't vote? (I know this question sounds ridiculous, but so does your phrasing of your question).

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  155. Jo

    Wouldn't an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT be considered un-American? They pushed past our borders illegally...should we not be empowered to push past their doors legally while enforcing AMERICAN law? Pelosi needs to be mindful of the millions of LEGAL Americans that are struggling right now whom have NOT broken any laws.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  156. jim

    I think illegal immigrants should be sent back from where they cane
    with our current ecomomic crisis. American citizens should have
    full availability to any and all jobs that might be available. When
    we get in a recovery state we can again look at how to handle immigtrants

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  157. Yoster

    The Speaker is dead wrong. But this is no surprise – she always was and always will be, very liberal.

    She needs to be replaced

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  158. Nick Strand

    Un-American? When inforcing American Laws called un american? I thinks its completely un-american for her to say such a thing! So basically whats shes saying, lets make rules, but we shouldnt enforce them?... wow...

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  159. rob

    Pelosi is wrong

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  160. Jonathan Greer


    What is the purpose of having laws if we don't enforce them? This country is built on principles that are time tested with fairness and consistencies. Nancy Pelsoi needs to either stop talking or start acting as she is required. She is a paid public servant that is required to uphold laws that are in place.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  161. Ed Emerson

    So now it's unamerican to enforce our laws.So now all the drug dealers and terrorist groups feel safe,too bad I don't

    March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  162. charlie blow

    No... I work with illegal immigrants on a daily basis, as a dairy farm worker. I could not get my son an entry level job on the farm because he couldn't speak enough spanish. Also, the government has never let me break any laws, so I cant see how this is fair at all. I agree that this is a country of immigrants, and should be. But it has to be done legal.


    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  163. Gina -California


    Her comments are un-American and why aren't her comments considered 'treason'? She is not working for the people who elected her but she is working for the people who aren't even American Citizens. If she doesn't want to work for American citizens she needs to resign!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  164. Lisa in ky

    They are here illegally, they have no rights! Pelosi states its unamerican, well its unamerican to have a free ride and not pay taxes or back up our healthcare system. You want to be treated fair then follow the rules like everyone else.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  165. Miles Miller

    Where does she come up with so much hog wash?
    Fortunately not many people listen to Nancy Polosy. She is an ambarrassment to the Democratic party.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  166. bill

    hey jack, of course Pelosi is wrong. She does not care. She and her husband are worth $150 million and live in California. they need cheap labor to keep the grass mowed, meals cooked and home painted. Also, next election her help will also vote for her.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  167. Job

    Pelosi is absolutely right. Some laws such as those that permitted slavery are inherrently immoral and un-American. Existing immigration laws that allow enforcers to burst doors at midnight and seperate children from their parents are un-American. Pelosi gets it, many still don’t! That’s what’s got to be reformed.

    (forgot to insert city & state)
    Rockville, MD

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  168. Leon

    Maybe Mrs Pelosi would feel differently if her voters kicked her out of office and voted in a illegal immigrant. I was the only black man on my job and was laid off, but this small company decided to keep a few illegals. Be careful of what you wish for, it may come knocking at your door.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  169. Peter

    Is there any hope for this country with leadership like this? I think not. We are all doomed.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  170. Carolyn Adams, NC

    Not enforcing our immigration laws is “un-American. Please that lady needs to get a grip.

    If you want to live in our country do it by the law. We as Americans must follow the law, so why not those that are here illegally.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  171. Maria D.

    How can the speaker of the house say it is wrong to follow our immigration laws? She is such a hypocrite! She says that we need a comprehensive immigration bill, but she couldn't even muster enough votes two years ago to pass an immigration reform bill! What is law enforcement to do in the meantime, wait around until these incompetent legislators get their act together?

    I am so disheartened by our representatives. I say vote them all out of office!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  172. miguel gonzales

    Is kicking down people's door in the middle of the night "American".I agree that the laws of any country must be obeyed, and i don't condone illegal immigration,but two wrongs don't make a right.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  173. jose

    i say she is right because what more does america want?
    immigrants come here to work, most of your jobs like agriculter,construction,cleaning are done by immigrants plus they do taxes wich gets the goverment some money!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  174. Joe in PA

    I think Nancy Pelosi is un American. How can anyone say that enforcing americas laws is Un American. The fact is if Hispanics weren't such a large voting block this conversation wouldn't even be happening. CA needs to run her out of office.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  175. Elizabeth Padilla

    I agree with Jim Cafferty, Pelosi was pandering when she spoke about the immigration laws in this country. I think that Pelosi is un-american, she has used her public office to represent her own interests, and has been insensitive and disrespectful to the issues facing her own constituents, as well as the American public.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  176. Charles

    Although I don't agree with Pelosi on anything else, I agree with her on stopping middle of the night immigration raids. It has little to do with "enforcing immigration laws." Kicking in people's doors in the middle of the night is over the top. It would be similar to police pulling drivers from their seats and throwing them to the ground with a knee to the back of the neck for expired license plates violations.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  177. Michael

    At the turn of the 20th century we let immigrants in with open arms at Ellis Island, now a hundred years later we're kicking in their doors at night. Its un-American for a nation of immigrants to deny that same right.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  178. True American

    Being the Speaker of the House and against enforcing U.S laws is "un-American"

    March 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  179. Gabriel

    She is way wrong. If she doesn't like the law she is in the best position in the world to promote a change. She may not like it, but that's the law!

    By the way, I'm an immigrant, a legal one, and it has been a really hard, long and expensive process. I'm aware that the immigration laws have to be changed, but we can't start by ignoring the current law.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  180. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    Pandering is a polite word to describe her "caring" speech.
    I wonder how Nancy would feel if one of her children was the victim of an accident caused by an "illegal alien" who had no license, no insurance and was driving an unregistered motor vehicle? I'll bet that this pseudo-liberal democrat would be kicking in a few doors herself.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  181. Wayne L Gorman

    Jack, It's simple, throw palosi out of office. She is un-american, along with AGI, dissolve the company. OK, that takes care of palosi and agi, whats next? line'em up.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  182. George Gauthier

    What is really un-American about immigration arrests are the illegal aliens themselves, people from foreign countries who do not belong here in the first place. Police would not have to throw them out if they had stayed in their own countries rather than sneak into this one contrary to our laws.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  183. Mark D Edmonds

    No, Senator Pelosi is wrong. We should be sending the whole family back to their country. Could I just walk into another country and have my health care taken care of, a good education for my children, etc? Name one other country where illegal aliens get better care than the citizens.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  184. Andy Marsh

    Pelosi is off her rocker – charge her with treason and ship her south of the border. Andy Marsh, Ventura, CA

    March 20, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  185. Ron

    We certainly should enforce the immigration laws of our nation.
    Sorry for the typo.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  186. roderick Travis

    jack is she ever right?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  187. Greg Ware

    Where does Polosi get off saying our immigration laws are un-Amercian.We are a country of laws.Our laws are to protect us the people.To make a statement like that is un-Amercian.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  188. John, Fort Collins, CO

    I'm confused. I thought the immigration laws were on the books to keep "un-Americans" from coming into this country illegally. What could she have been thinking? Surely, she wasn't looking ahead already to the next election...

    March 20, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  189. Jim Goodman

    Nancy Pelosi is an embarrassment and a danger to the country. This is pure political pandering and she is completely out of touch with reality.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  190. Victor Reyes

    I agree with Pelosi! It is un American, acting like Nazi storm troopers against the easy targets of the community. Companies should just not hire illegal, probelma solved. Same with the drug war, let's put in jail the users instead of the suppliers and the probelma also solved. Takes cojanes!!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  191. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: No. Last time I remember, laws were created to protect and be enforced---I believe that the Botox has been absorbed into her brain--that's what little she has.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  192. Carl

    Every time Nancy opens her mouth she shows how ignorant she is. If the people of California had any common sence they would demand a recall election for her seat. They may lose a senior person in congress but they would show they have the brains to remove this person from office before she does any more damage to the country.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  193. me_myself

    Doesn't she understand the term illegal?? They have broken the law and the law should aplly to them. Nancy what else are unamerican laws??

    March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  194. Legal Immigrant

    I'm a legal immigrant and it makes me angry that people who break the law are given a free ride (bailout anyone?) I have the deepest sympathies & respect for all people, but breaking the law is well...illegal.

    The legal immigration system is equally broken and unfair- legal immigrants have to pay social security, medicare unemployment taxes & revive no benefits whatsoever. Since we're legal immigrants, the governments can kick us out anytime. Immigration does not equal illegal immigration.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  195. Brigette

    Absolutely not! What is un-american is not enforcing our laws and those who come to our country for opportunity, but with total disregard for the laws that have made us so great! Fr/Houston, Texas

    March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  196. Peter

    Is there any hope for this country with leadership like this? I think not. We are all doomed.

    Chicago, Illinois

    March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  197. Stan

    Dear Jack,

    Simply put, HELL NO.

    If these people were legal, then it would be un-American. I vote for rounding them up and maybe we'll find a sleeper cell that will lead us to Bin Laden's exact location.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  198. Richard Zuehsow

    The speaker is only right with regards to the kicking down the door in the middle of the night, which I believe is probably some vivid imagination. Other than that, she is dead wrong. What part of 'illegal' doesn't she understand?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  199. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Robbing American taxpayers to pay for a trillion-dollar pork roast is "un-American" too, but that didn't seem to slow Pelosi down.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  200. Larry Guerra

    I believe to be able to ha the privilege to be a resident of the U.S.A you
    most not break any law including the immigration laws.
    You most enter the U.S.A territory legaly.


    March 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  201. Annmarie

    Can we really take anything Nancy says as serious..Its as plain as the nose on her face,she is pandering for votes from the hispanic community...

    March 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  202. Mary Ellen

    Jack, she is correct about busting into people's homes during the night – I feel that our country's leaders sholud work toward getting the borders under control and doing something about the massive drug and gun smuggling between the two countries. American employers are hiring illegal immigrants to work – why not do something about that.part. I guarantee if the government hits the employers in the pocket books , immigation will take on a different look

    March 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  203. Steve J, Michigan

    Pelosi should reread her oath of office everyday, every hour of the day until she understands the laws of our country. Isn't there someway to revoke her citizenship and send her to Mexico.. How about a countrywide petition drive Jack..

    March 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  204. Bonnie Scott

    It is not un-American to enforce our laws. Nancy Pelosi took an oath to protect and enforce our laws. She chooses not to .

    March 20, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  205. bob junod

    you got to be kidding she actually said laws should not be enforced i am a registered democrat but someone like this does not belong in elected office.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  206. Greg Ontario

    No...for a law maker not to want to enforce the laws to every possible extent is un-American.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  207. kevin fontenot

    there is a specific process to come across the border legally. the process ensures that person is properly paid, has the proper housing and pays the proper taxes. those who hire these people are cheating the government and all the people of the US. if she were to properly enforce the laws of immigration, there would be no need to kick in doors and her need to condem the immigration official for doing there job.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  208. kamal

    I think she should resign.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  209. Linda

    She's absolutely not right. In the words of an unnamed senator last week who uttered these same words about the AIG bailouts, she should apologize for her stupid remarks to ICE officials and the American people, bow way down and then either commit suicide or resign. Resigning would be less bloody.

    ICE – more power to you!!!

    Sarasota, Florida

    March 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  210. MIKE

    Pelsoi is just another good example of a person with her own agenda, who ignors the 80 percent of us who want them illegals kicked out , sent home and force them out of our factors. What part of the word illegal dont she understand. Stupid must be her middle name.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  211. Rosie

    Nancy Pelosi took an oath to protect and uphold the LAWS and CONSTITUTION of the United States. If anything, she is the one who is UNAMERICAN. If we are not going to obey the laws of the land, why have them? Let this country be a free for all and we all take our chances.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  212. M-Y

    You must remember immigrants are who build the country we live in. We can't enforce laws against the same people who made it possible for us to live free in America. Nancy is a Go girl!!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  213. Sheila,Wisconsin

    Jack, I'm a democrat and consider myself to be a liberal most of the time but I do think our immigration laws should be enforced. If an American citizen commits a crime, do the police or the courts worry about taking them away from their family? I don't think so.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  214. Paula in Albuquerque

    Oh, Nancy...In the public interest...why don't you just SHUT UP!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  215. jim raffa

    if someone on the otherside of that door is illegally in this country she is WRONG.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  216. Barbara Zanna

    Why am I surprised? The respect I had for Nancy Pelosi just went down the toilet. The laws of this country need to be enforced regarding illegal immigration. She should not put special interest groups before her constituents. This is just more of the same.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  217. Dan Knight

    Nancy Pelosi's comment on immigrationis the worst from of "pandering". With ideas like that she does not belong in the congress let alone be House Speaker. With people like this on his team, god help president Obama.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  218. Dave Persing

    I believe Nancy Pelosi is unamerican!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  219. Ken Hahn


    Talk about a “crock”. Pelosi is out of touch with the state of the nation. These are extraordinary times with extraordinarily difficult problems. We need to preserve/reserve any available jobs for current citizens of the USA. To import more demand for jobs from other countries when the suppy of jobs is inadequate, at best, is insane!

    Ken Hahn
    Monroe, WA

    March 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  220. Reid

    Pelosi has been a disaster to this country. I hope that Californians dump her as soon as possible.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  221. bob junod

    unamerican is when no one follows the laws we have enacted

    March 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  222. Marcia Dunedin, Florida

    Un-American! Why is it un-American to enforce our laws? What about illegal does she not understand? Why is it our ancesters had to come into this country with passports, visas, under a quota system, etc., but these people can cross the border and everyone wants to bend over backwards for them. They are illegal aliens–they are breaking the law!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  223. Debbie

    The laws in America are in America to keep it safe and secure. The people who sneek across the borders are breaking the law, why would anyone want them here. We have laws in place for them to come here legally. If they want to live here they need to abide by those laws. I am sick and tired of paying for those who have not paid one dime into the system, and get everything handed to them and don't even bother to learn the language! Nancy Pelosi is stupid and does NOT represent the American people.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  224. Jeff Crocket

    It is exactly Nancy Pelosi who is anti American!! Does she plan a bill to rid the statues of all immigration law?

    How do we survive in this country without any border regulation?

    Answer that Jack!!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  225. Marie, South Carolina

    Pelosi has got a point. The emphasis should be on the control and prevention of the influx of illegal immigration rather concentrating on the forced extraction of huge numbers of people after they've already blended into society here. It would be a much cheaper process and easier for everyone involved, including us tax-payers.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  226. struggling taxpayer

    It is time that Washington starts remembering just who elected them. I am sick and tired of funding education and health care for illegal aliens and our jobs being given to illegal aliens. My grandparents entered this coutnry via THE LAW, had to learn English. We should not have to press 1 for English. it is NOT unAmerican to demand the law be obeyed.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  227. jim Toronto

    I really have lost alot of respect for her.
    Laws are made to be enforced even if they don't make sense in alot of cases. This is one law that needs to be enforced to stop the flow of illegals!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  228. James from Cleveland

    What is this, Squater's Rights! Break into our country long enough to breed and you get to stay?

    Nancy Pelosi shows the inconsistency in our immigration laws. It takes 10 years or more for foreign honest, hard working Physicians or Nurses to obtain citizenship in America, but a drug dealer or sweatshop factory can bring illegal immigrants in by the vanload.

    We have Federal regulations regarding immigration, but no one on a State and Local level wants to enforce them.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  229. mary stewart,arlington texas

    no other country in the world allows the open borders concept....its not to keep people out it is to control what we can afford and take care of.....her remarks are rediculous and her very own state is broken....what a silly idea......parents being shipped back to their own counrty was a chance they took......if i take my children into a country illegally i put them at risk not the country simply enforcing the law

    March 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  230. Mike

    Someone should tell the speaker enforcing laws isn't un-American. Advocating ignoring laws to pander to a voting demographic is.

    Ft. Worth, TX

    March 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  231. Chris in Philadelphia

    If she doesn't like the laws she should propose legislation to change them. Otherwise, she should shut her mouth.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  232. r4444b

    Yet another case of "saying what the particular audience wants to hear!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  233. Kyle from Vermont

    Californians have been receiving IOU tax refunds and that is what is unamerican. Pelosi should take a look at what illegal immgration has done to her home state's resources.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  234. ADAM. Stamford, CT

    Jack, Speaker Pelosi is so out of touch with the American taxpayers its pathetic. Since when is it un American to enforce the law and to deport people who lied and cheated their way into the country. Its un American to put illegal aliens needs in front of hard working tax paying Americans

    March 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  235. John Webster, Vancouver Canads

    If this woman is elected to enact laws, then she should get with proposing legislation which will act to her wishes and until then, abide by those in place presently. Is she too busy trying to keep her job instead of doing her job? Too many photo-ops and not enough time behind the desk.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  236. Robert

    The only thing unamerican, is Pelsoi herself. She would abolish all of our laws and she would make up her own to suit her agenda for each day.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  237. Doug Havens

    Our House Speaker is out of touch. Not enforcing our immigration laws is un-American, and directly conflicts with her oath of office. Perhaps it is time the American people enforce the law of the land, and have Speaker Pelosi removed from office.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  238. Matt from Philly

    Obviously Nancy Pelosi doesn't get it. Its not a matter of bigotry, it is a matter of national security, and anyone who is in the country illegally, no matter where they are from should be subject to our "un-american" immigration laws. In any other country except our own, illegals are subject to the respected nations immigration law and punished accordingly. We have immigration laws for the well being of the United States, and they should be enforced.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  239. walt Utah

    Since when is enforcing any law Un-American. Madame Pelosi is getting old, incompetent and an embarassment to this Democratic Administration. She is so wrong on this issue as she has been on many other issues and yet her constituents keep electing her....this says a lot about the people of California.

    Walt, Sandy Utah

    March 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  240. Linda

    Walterboro, SC

    I guess we could always knock on their door at 10:00AM and ask if they are not in the country legally could they please leave. I'm sure they will oblige.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  241. Kevin

    No. Laws aren’t going to change because Nancy wants a target group of Hispanics to believe she thinks some laws are “un-American.” Personally I don’t care what Nancy thinks is “un-American,” its law.

    Ames IA

    March 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  242. greg

    I have no problem with LEGAL imigration, but when people break the law to get into this country and get away with it, the law no longer means anything to these people. I work with imigrants every day some legal most not. The legal imigrants all have thier lives together and are living the american dream, but most (not all) of the illegal imigrants are the ones selling drugs, robbing stores, and alot of other crimes.
    Bottom line if we teach them that breaking the law is no big deal, what do we really think is going to happen, isnt there a reason why we have laws.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  243. June Holmes

    Of course she's right Jack! I can't think of too many people who are more UN-American than those who are supposed TO REPRESENT US! This is so absurd, it is beyond comprehension! AIG and others have dictated our "American Policy", Dodd is a DUDD, Pelosi has proved, time and again, that she has the intelligence and common sense of a snail. Trust me, she and her cohorts are experts at un-American, they do it all the time! "OUT OF TOUCH" does not cover this one Jack!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  244. NativeCalifornian

    Enforcing a law isn't un-american but immigration reform is the key. The present law is unworkable and unenforceable. There must be a legal way to immigrate that is not so difficult that emmigrants can't get in and therefore resort to illegal methods.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  245. Joseph

    She's absolutely wrong Jack. I'm a lifelong Californian, and a lifelong Democrat. Even a 'leftist' such as myself can see the very real problem that illegal immigrants are posing in this state. To say that Immigration officials actually doing their job is 'un-American' is frankly insulting to me. Our emergency rooms are overrun by illegal immigrants using them for walk in clinics, our schools are educating illegal students, and our tax dollars are paying for all of it. It burns me up so much to hear a person elected to represent my fellow citizens pandering to people who have no right to be in my state, or in my country.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  246. Tom Catchings

    Yes, Nancy Pelosi is anti-American and her actions with regard to illegal aliens is, in my opinion, criminal, in view of her position as a lawmaker. She is an egomaniac and abusive of her position in the use of departement of defense aircraft for personal use. She and Harry Reid exemplify all of what is wrong with this country.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  247. Stephanie Watson

    WHAT!!! How about they become legal citizens and not drain the government resources and take jobs away from our american workers. I read somewhere that there are more illegals then unemployed in the USA.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  248. Pastor Suah

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi is showing the true color of America, the actions taken by the U S immigration are not the America the world knows in time past. American are living in peace in other Countries that are not Anti-American countries without immigration harassment.
    Not everybody are American enemy, Some people really love American and they expect to be treated right.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  249. Frank

    Nancy Pelosi should uphold the immigration laws and focus on the needs of American citizens. Pelosi clearly represents the typical California Democratic politician filled with confusion and misplaced loyalties and does not represent ordinary Americans.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  250. Aileen

    Ms. Pelosi is out of her mind ! We can't have the "third in line" behave in this manner. She is the Ultimate Un-American with her pandering to the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT POPULATION. I would like someone to stand up for the legal American citizens once in a while! I would like to see her de-throned! Oh, did I mention she thinks she's the Queen?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  251. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Right or wrong Pelosi is way out of pocket for making such a statement. I wonder if she'd say it is un-American to kick her out of her position as Speaker of the House.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  252. Beth

    I think Ms. Pelosi is whacked out of her mind!!!!! She is so power-hungry that she will say or do anything to feed this power. SHE IS UN-AMERICAN!!!!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  253. Alexander Turner

    I think that if Nancy Pelosi thinks that enforcing our immigration laws are un-american, she should feel free to move to Mexico to be with her illegal immigrants buddies! This is my TV-frienldy comment. What I really think of her and all of the pro-illegal immigrants activists you wouldn't be able to read on the air.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  254. Lynn - Mooresville, NC

    Never! Illegals are not immigrants but leeches who will drain a country dry. Immigrants follows the law and respect the country, they want to live in.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  255. Vignesh

    Apparently according to Nancy Pelosi it is "un-American" to break into a murderer's house in the middle of the night if they have children. This is sending a clear message to criminals: put yourself in a pitiable state. Nancy Pelosi supports criminals in a pitiable state, and doesn't want them to go punished.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  256. Kim - Blair, NE

    No, she is not right. I think the majority of immigrants want to become Americans but the whole system is so messed up, it is too difficult to do so. How can enforcing American laws & assisting folks to become American be Un American?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  257. Willow, Iowa

    I agree with her, kicking in doors in the middle of the night is not good. However, not more than 40 miles from where I live is a turkey factory where, when INS comes in the front door, 60% of the workers go out the back door. They get paid low wages, cannot get workman's comp, and if they get hurt, they're screwed. All this to support families having difficulties back in Mexico.

    I realize that illegal aliens are committing a crime by sneaking in here, but its time to change our "day labor" laws so they can do the jobs no Americans want to do, support their families and have some kind of assistance if hurt or injured. Its inhuman to treat someone like they are treated, because they cannot complain or get help.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  258. richard miller

    Deport Nancy and all of the illegal workers and give their jobs to unemployed Americans, especially veterans.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  259. Sal Sheikh

    This lady is a joke!!

    I left CA because of people like her and their Agenda to bleed us alldry by giving into illegal immigration and overzealous environmentalism.............

    March 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  260. E Wilkins

    No- laws exist to be enforced. If the laws need to be changed then the process for changing should be used. In the interim, law enforcement agencies must perform the jobs that they are paid to do for the security of our country.

    If Americans violate US laws law enforcement agencies have no problem enforcing laws on US citizens, so illegal citizens are not a protected group. US citizens families are separated when a family member breaks a law, where is the concern for that family?

    March 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  261. Stacy, TN

    What next, Nancy? Members of the House and Senate shouldn't be held accountable to the same laws as American citizens? Anyone who ever voted for this lying, simpering jerk should be ashamed of themselves.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  262. Mary Jo

    When separating a parent from his/her children in the middle of the night? Hello! The implication is that in the middle of the night no one is taking care of the children. Yes, I believe I would call that un-American, and I believe that is what Speaker Pelosi said.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  263. Ronald Holst

    Jack When it comes To illegal Immigration The Dem's Just don't get it. They Do not see or should I say they do not want to see The Cost In treasure and yes lives of our people . To support all of these free loaders .
    What they Do see Is voters Down the road and that is it.
    Ron San Antonio .TX

    March 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  264. cobra Montana

    What can you expect from Pelosi, she has never come in out of the dark!!
    We already have to many illegals here to support. We need to get rid of Pelosi and Reid.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  265. Rick

    Nancy Pelosi hasn't been right for years. It is un-American NOT to enforce our immigration laws. It is time for Nancy Pelosi to retire.

    Rick Sullivan
    Omaha, Ne.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  266. Andreea MD

    Nancy Pelosi doesnt have a clue about laws or what is a law. She isHouse Speaker of United States poor America!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  267. Bob D, Morrisown, NJ

    Seems to me that it wasn't so much the enforcement of the immigration laws she was declaring un-American, but the manner in which they are enforced, by kicking down doors. There is a point to the notion that kicking down of doors at midnight should be reserved for those who pose an immediate violent threat.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  268. Pat from North Carolina

    What kind of message are you sending to our youth, Speaker Pelosi? If you don't like a law......just don't obey it ???? We have a system to change laws...

    Most of our current problems have resulted from people and agencies not enforcing existing laws. Where is our INTEGRITY as AMERICANS ?!

    March 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  269. Doug T

    Jack, by "Comprehensive immigration reform" I think she means AMNESTY. Congress made this mistake a couple times before. It didn't solve anything then, and it won't solve anything now. You could make every illegal immigrant a legal citizen right now, and as soon as you do the problem would not go away, but would start all over again. Why? Because there is no enforcement – the very thing she is opposing.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  270. Shaun

    Jack, as a Hispanic American, I think enforcing our countries law is the MOST American thing we can do. There is no reason to coddle anyone who breaks this countries laws. People who are here illegally and continue to arrive here illegally need to treated like any other lawbreaker. We have an economic crisis in this country and adding more burdens to our troubles does Americans no good. Nancy Pelosi needs to remember just which country she works for and that American citizens are the one who put her into office.

    Newington, CT

    March 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  271. Nadine Balsano

    No, Nancy Pelosi is not right. As a matter of fact has she ever been right about anything!!! How did she get to be speaker of the house anyway is another good question. Things are certainly in a mess and I think she may be part of it.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  272. Don Wilson

    HELLO ... Laws are laws for a reason. If you don't like them, change them by a vote. Not enforcing laws based on YOUR personal beliefs is what is truly NOT AMERICAN !

    March 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  273. ST-NC

    Is this a trick question? Of course, we should enforce the laws.

    My stepfather lived in Canada. He and my mom paid thousands of dollars trying to get him here legally. They tried this for years. He was never able to come. My mom eventually moved to Canada and became a legal immigrant there.

    It's not fair to allow the illegal immigrant to come here and stay while others try so hard to go the legal route.

    March 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  274. vincent

    What part of illegal is not understood, drug dealers have familys too should we cry for them. We should'nt be able to pick and choose which law we follow, change it or enforce it.

    March 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  275. m ramirez

    The Department of Homeland security should hire Sheriff Joe from Arizona . I am sure he can enforce imigration policy. Nancy Pelsoi is unAmerican for trying to stop the enforcement of the law that Congress Passes.

    March 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  276. Maxine Gauthier

    What part of "illegal" immigrants does she not understand? She is one very scary individual and should be removed from her position – why is it un-American to enforce the laws in our country – just because she does not believe the law. And I am sick of my hard-earned taxes going to support illegals – she is un-American to even make the statement that degrades all the citizens in this country and the legal immigrants. She is one very ignorant lady!

    March 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  277. D. Richardson - Coto De Caza, CA

    Thank God , not everyone is this country agrees with Nancy Pelosi!!! As a California taxpayer and law abiding citizen I am appalled with her comments. If Nancy doesnt agree with the current laws of the United States on immigration and doesn't want them enforced, we need to find a way to remove her from such a powerful position and get someone who will get the job done. I"m sure she won't consider being removed from her office as Un-American!!!! She doesn't seem to get it, being elected from CA, her liberal attitude is just one reason our state has such a hugh financial deficit.

    March 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  278. Victor

    If enforcing laws of a country is unAmerican, then what is this country going to be ruled by – the whim and fancy of politicians? If an elected official, in this instance, the Speaker of the house, third in line to the presidency, cannot be depended upon to protect this country from the "subtle" invasion by illegal immigrants, how is she going to protect this country from an actual invasion. It's time for such politicians, who put their interest above that of the country, to resign.

    March 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  279. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    Wow, I have not heard about garbage pick up twice a week for a long time here...talk about being in the dumpster! We have pick up once a week and that is plenty!

    Take care

    March 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  280. Richard

    This woman is becoming more and more full of herself. Who is she to make these comments. She is suppose to be a representative of the people of this country and yet she makes negative comments regarding enacted laws that she was elected to support. She should keep her place as House Speaker and worry about those duties. She is getting carried away with herself.

    March 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  281. Omar

    Of course it is unamerican, and totally inhuman. That is the problem some people in this country (republicans) forget that everyone else in the world is human.

    March 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  282. mike matthews

    put the cost of illegal immigrants (education, housing, incarceration on nancys visa card or master card. i am sure she can well afford. sorrry but this cash cow is just too skinny for giving any more milk. we should use any means available to get rid of illegal aliens. break all the doors u can man. door wouldnt get broken if they were legal

    March 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  283. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    North America will become one nation, soon our dollar will be replace with the Amero just ask any banker.Trucks will cross the borders and the person driving will have a north American license . In California half the towns have Spanish names who is the immigrant?

    March 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  284. plopsdad

    Well nancy, if they were not here illegally, we wont be having this problem , would we?Maybe they should have thought about the consequences of their actions first.

    March 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm |

    Nancy Pelosi likes to encourage illegal immigration. If that is the case, there goes the neighborhood. I disagree with Pelosi. The immigration and enforcement laws in place should be enforced. Raids should be conducted and violater deported. That is the law. Of course, Nancy Pelosi thinks she is above the law.

    March 20, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  286. kim in Austin Tx

    Un American -, she's un American.
    ICE does not kick in door in the miidle of the night unless there are other criminals activity.

    The amnesty proposal is un American.

    March 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  287. Andrew

    Just because the method of enforcement is not justifiable does not mean that the law should not be enforced. Ideally, the nation would want to prevent illegal entry in the first place, but there needs to be consequences for breaking the law or it loses meaning.

    March 20, 2009 at 7:41 pm |
  288. Frances from Nashua, NH

    "Un-American" is when you put laws above human rights. When did the U.S. turn into the KGB?

    March 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm |
  289. David in Georgia.


    Ms Pelosi is dead wrong and anti American.

    What is unAmerican is letting non citizens take American jobs, use benefits and social services intended for Americans, drive up the cost of education, etc. Worst of all preventing cities and or states taking their own action to save themselves.

    How much of California's bankruptcy is a direct result of funding the non American population?


    March 20, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  290. Helen

    I think that there is a better way to deal with immagration but I do agree with her.

    March 20, 2009 at 7:47 pm |
  291. Missy M

    Impeach Pelosi. Her attitude is unforgivable. ICE officials, border agents and other law enforcement officials (many of them legal immigrants themselves – politicians love to overlook that fact!) risk their lives everyday to uphold immigration law. Pelosi's comments are dangerous and hate-inspiring. She should be removed from office for this one as her first responsibility in taking the oath of office is to uphold and defend the laws of the nation!

    March 20, 2009 at 8:08 pm |
  292. Yinka from Missouri

    I agree with Ben from New York, I think it's un-american to separate parents from their children who are citizens of this country. All that energy used in raiding these people should be redirected towards building a more secure and tighter border. The US also need to create a path towards legalization of these undocumented immigrants to help them stay together with their kinds and this in my opinion is "american". I think Nancy Pelosi is right on this one Jack!!

    March 20, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  293. Melissa

    My husband is border patrol agent and I've never know him or any of his coworkers (or any other agency for that matter) to kick down someone's door at night in search of illegal immigrants . They do, however, routinely find them lost in the desert or hiding out on someone's ranch, working illegally on a farm or detained for having committed another crime. When they find people in violation of immigration law, it is their duty to return that person to their country of origin. A good rule of thumb is that if you don't like the punishment, then don't commit the crime. It's just that simple.

    March 20, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  294. Melvin Sutton

    Our unemployment wouldn't be a problem if All illegals were sent packing. And speaking of packing that's what needs to be done with NANCY PELOSI

    March 20, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  295. Dan

    I think it is past due that illegal activities are dealt with as they are – illiegal. The laws are on the books and they should be enforced instead of ignored. If we deported those who are in this country illegally, we could easily save tens of billions of dollars in welfare – in California alone! And we could stop building prisons if we deported all the illegals we have locked up in prisons. Send them home.
    We need to be spending the billions of dollars the illegals are getting from our social security system on the Americans.
    We need to reward those who are here legally instead of rewarding those who have broken the law to get here.

    March 20, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  296. Sandi

    So sick of this crap. I have nothing against any immigrant. I am a cross American Indian (Cherokee) and Irish Immigrant. Most of our families here were immigrants at one time or another. But come on now. There are those who come into this country who cannot speak English, but we are being told that we need to learn their language (hello – I'm not going to a foreign country expecting them to know my language). We can't get some jobs because we are not Spanish bi-lingual. My German friend could not get a bilingual job even though she could speak both German and English because it wasn't the right kind of bilingual. Enough already. Born and bred American people need more rights and opportunities here than those that come into our country. However, unfortunately from what I have seen it is the other way around, they get more opportunities than the American tax payer. I lived in New Mexico most my life, I seen it all the time.

    March 20, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  297. PC from C.V.in CA

    Madame Speaker is in her own world. Pandering to possible voters.

    I shudder when I realize that she is third in line to the Presidency.

    March 20, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  298. Angie from Texas

    Nancy Pelosi is not living in the present world. What America was and is now had to change after 911. The immigration laws need to be tougher to insure american citizens are safe from all threats. If illegal immigrants are being separated from their children, then deport them all. Even better, inact a new law that states if a child is born in the US and the mother is not a legal citizen of the US, then the child is also not a legal citizen of the US. Europe has such laws. This prevents people from coming over to have their babies born american. These illegal immigrants believe they have all rights because of their anchor children.

    March 20, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  299. Rachel in PA

    She's wrong... it's completely American.
    In America, the police regularly kick in doors in the middle of the night and separate families. They do this to American CITIZENS in the name of drug enforcement. Occasionally, they even kill an innocent American citizen in the process.
    If it's good enough for American citizens, it's good enough for Pelosi's illegal friends.

    March 20, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  300. Mauricio

    It is clear that Pelosi is talking about the practice and values used to enforce immigration laws. Laws very inefficient and outdated by the way. Slavery wasn't illegal not long ago and it wasn't un-american either. If you say now that slavery is un-american do you get hammered too? Unfortunately, we often don't see something being un-american and the same time having accepting crude practices and tactics to enforce the law in the USA. However, we immediately see as un-american the stoning of a convicted woman in the middle east regardless of what laws they are enforcing. That is unacceptable and un-american.

    March 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |