Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
March 25, 2009
In the midst of a recent diatribe, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a crowd of illegal aliens and their advocates that federal or local law enforcement of existing immigration laws is “un-American.”
Pelosi, an avowed liberal-left Democrat from San Francisco, condemned operations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Then she called the illegal aliens in the audience she was addressing “very, very patriotic.”
“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 said to a mostly Hispanic gathering at St. Anthony’s Church in San Francisco.
Unbeknownst to Pelosi, her speech was being taperecorded and the audiotape was played by syndicated talk show host Mark Levin on Wednesday night and Fox News Channel on Thursday morning.
Speaker Pelosi is then heard saying, “It must be stopped….What value system is that? I think it’s un-American. I think it’s un-American.”
Pelosi told the few reporters covering this story that she was invited to speak to the Latino congregation by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) as part of a national tour called United Families, which he says is “intended to put a human face on the immigration debate.”
Congressman Gutierrez, who in the past called ICE agents and Border Patrol agents “Gestpo” is currently collecting signatures for a petition that demands President Barack Obama to “stop the immigration raids and deportations that are tearing our marriages, families and children apart.”
He told reporters that he’s expected to present those petitions when Hispanic members of Congress meet with the President next Wednesday.
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,” she’s quoted as saying during her church speech.
“This is outrageous that one of the most powerful government officials would call the action of sworn law-enforcement officers’ actions ‘Un-American.’ If anyone is Un-American here, it’s Nancy Pelosi!” exclaimed an angry former-NYPD detective, Sydney Frances.
“This is par for the course with these left-wing politicians: cops are the bad guys and criminals are patriotic,” he added.
“This is classic Stalinist behavior: change the meaning of the term Un-American. It now means any patriot who wants US immigration laws enforced is Un-American, while lawbreakers are called patriots. It’s newspeak at its worst,” said political strategist Mike Baker.
Meanwhile, the Secretary for Homeland Security, former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano, ordered the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to cease their workplace investigations. Secretary Napolitano informed his immigration supervisory staff that she would order an investigation into complaints by illegal alien advocates that ICE agents were abusing illegal aliens they discovered working for US businesses.
According to ICE procedures, agents arrest illegal aliens discovered working in the US and conduct investigations of employers who hire these illegals. A background check is then conducted to discover the criminal background of some illegal aliens or to determine if illegal aliens re-entered the US after being deported, a felony crime punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.
Bringing in and harboring certain aliens according to §1324(a)(1)(A)(iii), makes it a felony to encourage an alien to reside in the United States knowing that such residence is in violation of law. §1324(a)(1)(A)(iii).
Congress also made it a felony for anyone who “knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, …harbors…such alien in any place, including any building…,” according to the Friends of Immigration Law Enforcement.
Secretary Napolitano’s directive has had a chilling effect on rank-and-file ICE agents, some of whom fear they will be investigated or prosecuted by the Obama Justice Department.
“Suddenly, almost overnight, federal immigration enforcement people have become the bad guys while lawbreakers are portrayed as abused individuals. While the Bush Administration’s record on border security and immigration enforcement was poor, the Obama Administration is accelerating the destruction of America’s sovereignty,” warns Baker.
A perfect example of the turn-around by the Obama Administration is the recent harassment of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona’s Maricopa County. Attorney General Jeff Holder recently told advocates and attorneys for illegal aliens that the Department of Justice would investigate Sheriff Arpaio’s department.
Arpaio’s deputy sheriffs were sent to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia for training by the Homeland Security Department so that they would be certified to enforce US immigration laws. As a result, Arpaio’s deputies have arrested thousands of illegal aliens, most of whom have committed crimes other than those involving entering the United States illegally.
The Department of Justice didn’t provide specifics of the allegations, but Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the probe was prompted by his immigration efforts, including his crime and immigration sweeps of some heavily Latino areas in metropolitan Phoenix. Arpaio denied allegations that his deputies racially profiled people during the sweeps, according to Rachel Alexander of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
The U.S. House’s judiciary committee also plans to hold a hearing next month on the allegations against Arpaio.
“The Obama Administration and members of the US Congress are conspiring to stop and silence those in law enforcement who do not share their liberal viewpoint regarding illegal aliens. Don’t be surprised to see American citizens as well being dragged into courtrooms because they oppose illegal aliens being given amnesty,” warns Det. Frances.
“These liberal-left fanatics want to replace American citizens — who won’t buy their ideology — with Third-World peoples who don’t even understand what’s happening to this country,” he said