It should be little surprise that one of the most Liberal Democrats in Congress, from one of the most Liberal districts in the United States wants to change American immigration policy. Being an American, and an elected member of the House of Representatives, that is her right. But comparing U.S. immigration officers to Nazi Storm Troopers should raise concerns among all rational people. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
In a recent speech to both legal and illegal immigrants she called the enforcement of U.S. laws related to immigration “un-American.” Excuse me?
“Who in this country would not want to change a policy of kicking in doors in the middle of the night and sending a parent away from their families?” Pelosi told a mostly Hispanic gathering at St. Anthony’s Church in San Francisco.
Speaker Pelosi took the tact that if people move to this country illegally and have children here they should be allowed to stay regardless of whether they broke the law or not. The issue has been labelled, rather derisively, “Anchor Babies.”
The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”
The 14th Amendment was passed shortly after the U.S. Civil War, on July 28, 1868. The amendment was passed “as part of its Reconstruction program to guarantee equal civil and legal rights to black citizens.” Regardless of its original purpose, it now has become an issue for those who give birth in this country even though they are not citizens of the United States. It is difficult to fault a family moving to this country, whether legally or not, in order to ensure a better life for their children as that is one of the many things that parents do to see that the next generation has a better life than they did. Unfortunately, these people are breaking the law. Obviously Speaker Pelosi is trying to push for a change in the law and is taking the tactic of playing on people’s sympathies in order to further her “open borders” agenda.
Laws are considered such because they govern everybody and, in this country anyway, are arrived at by consensus. “Consensus” is a key word here. While it is tragic should an illegal immigrant mother and father of an American child be caught and sent back to their home country, only in the effective prosecution of the law and the certainty of its enforcement can an orderly society exist. Ideally, a law will only be as strict as it needs to be in order to allow society to coexist. Bending the laws to accommodate squishy emotions sets a bad example as the law is above us, whims, wants, desires, needs, and all. Of course, laws can be abolished or altered to better serve the general population but a protected class cannot be created simply because a mother and father made a conscious decision to risk punishment by violating the law.
As a personal aside, I had to deal with immigration law when I lived for two years in Paris, France. Being a student there I had to obtain, and once renew, my visa. While French immigration authorities were mainly concerned with North Africans and not Americans living in their country illegally, I had to fill out lengthy and numerous forms, had to visit a police station to be fingerprinted and have my picture taken. I was denied a work permit and instead had to make due working at my college’s bar for additional income. The French took the issue of immigration very seriously, as they should, and I followed every necessary rule and thus was granted the privilege to live there for a time. It should be no different in this country than it was there.
Were Speaker Pelosi to talk about immigration law for what it is – a rule that allows American society to coexist and develop – she would not be able to make the arguments which she did:
“It must be stopped….What value system is that? I think it’s un-American. I think it’s un-American.”
Pelosi said she was invited to the church by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., as part of his 17-city, cross-country tour called United Families, which he says is intended to put a human face on the immigration debate.
“We think that families are the cornerstone of our society and our nation, and an immigration system should preserve those families, not destroy them,” Gutierrez told FOX News Capitol Hill Producer Chad Pergram on Tuesday.
Let’s look at the Merriam-Webster definition of “un-American” for a moment:
not American : not characteristic of or consistent with American customs, principles, or traditions
“America” means different things to different people. Some cringe when they say the word for they bring up how the American Indians were treated or how the Japanese Americans were herded into camps during WWII. To others, America is a country that feeds the world and developed the cure for Polio. America is all of those things but the basis of our country is that of the rule of law. A nation cannot have its own identity with rampant illegal immigration floods the cities and towns. The process must be controlled, allowing people to move legally to this country over time whether they be from Vietnam, Mexico, Russia, Nigeria, or other countries. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi sees things differently:
Referring to work site enforcement actions by ICE agents, Pelosi said, “We have to have a change in policy and practice and again … I can’t say enough, the raids must end. The raids must end.
“You are special people. You’re here on a Saturday night to take responsibility for our country’s future. That makes you very, very patriotic.”
Don’t expect this story to be repeated in many other sources. In fact, a quick check on Google shows that no other mainstream media outlet reported Pelosi’s words except Fox News. Some would say that this fact shows Fox News to be in the pocket of the Republican Party but, in reality, the fact that one the most powerful Democrats in the United States has a speech like this going unreported shows, yet again, how most of the media in this country is in the pocket of the Democratic Party. Had George W. Bush said the opposite of what Nancy Pelosi said you could bet it would be front page news everywhere.
The message is clear… break the law and the Democratic Party will protect you. Remember this message for it will be often repeated over the next four years. What is ironic is that Mexico takes a very dim view of illegal immigrants and they are not nearly as lax in their enforcement of, and treatment for, those whom they catch.
Finally, what incentive do familes have to legally immigrate and integrate into this country if the Speaker of the House of Representatives says you might as well save yourself time, trouble, and money and do it illegally?