In a press conference Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (F, 10%) disputed DHS Secretary John Kelly’s characterization of recent ICE raids and restated her opposition to a border wall.
On Monday, Kelly released a statement about the “targeted enforcement operations” that ICE has been conducting in recent weeks targeting “convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws.”
“ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years,” the statement also added.
When asked what she thought about Sec. Kelly’s statement, Pelosi replied: “I haven’t seen any statistics that support that claim.”
“My observation … that is hard to support. Unless you say ‘violation of status’ is a serious crime — in which case, 8 million people will be deported because they meet his standard,” she added.
Newsflash, Nancy Pelosi: Coming into the United States illegally is a crime.
When asked about the prospect of building a border wall, Pelosi stated:
“I think the wall is, how do I say this … politically, substantively, officially, spiritually, religiously, personally opposed to the wall. Where’s the money going to come from? First of all, it really undermines who we are as a country. Apart from that, where’s the money coming from?”
“A wall does not bring money to the treasury,” Pelosi added.
As Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz derisively observes regarding this newfound concern for fiscal responsibility: “As if liberals suddenly care about spending when it comes to defending our sovereignty, security, and society from the crushing human and fiscal costs of illegal immigration, terrorist infiltration, drug importation, and sex trafficking.”
Rep. Pelosi also stated Americans who are in favor of building a border wall are “fear-mongers” and “notion-mongers.”
“The wall represents these two things. They’re fear-mongers. That’s why they’re doing a wall. And they’re notion mongers. That doesn’t even rise to the level of an idea. It’s a notion. So it feeds into their fear-mongering. But they’re notion-mongering … there’s no real idea about how to define the purpose, know what they’re talking about, have a plan of action, and attract support for it. So I think it’s a bad notion.”
That’s pretty insulting to the many Americans who want to address illegal immigration, and reasonably think a border wall is a smart way to start.
Maria Jeffrey is a correspondent for Conservative Review. Follow her on Twitter @MariaTJeffrey