House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was invited to speak during a San Francisco pro-immigration rally organized by Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez. But during her speech, she made a few controversial statements, including calling U.S. immigration enforcement efforts "Un-American" and thanks to Californians for Population Stabilization, we have the video clip and the transcript of her comments.
Pelosi's statements were caught on tape and you can watch the video here. Also, contact your Congressmen and urge them to reject Pelosi's statements.
It’s so wonderful to be with all of you here this evening in church, in church. A place that values the dignity and the work of every person. A place that sees the spark of divinity in every person and knows that every person is worthy of respect.
Thank you Father Torres and St. Anthony’s Church, St. Peter’s church, I know part of bringing you all together, all the members of the clergy who are here this evening.
Supervisor Campos for your leadership and your dedication on this important issue. David Campos, Supervisor for your district. For bringing you all together.
Forgive me for not being able to speak to you in Spanish. I want to join all of you in welcoming my colleague Congressman Gutierrez to San Francisco. As he…(applause) As he said, he’s on a nationwide tour that goes on and on across the country, lobbying for and advocate for comprehensive immigration policy. And yes a fair policy for everyone to stop the raids. To stop the raids.
You are a special people. You’re here on a Saturday night to take responsibility for our country’s future. That makes you very, very patriotic. Because, our future is about our children.
When our country came together, the very beginning of the country, they said it was a new order for the ages, a forum for the ages. And they knew that would be true because every generation would take responsibility for the next generation to make the country better. And that became true because the American Dream drew people to our shores and when they came and when your parents and families came, whether it was yesterday or four centuries ago, and when my ancestors came from Italy with their hopes and their dreams and their aspirations and determination for a better future for your family, that optimism, that hope, that courage, that determination of immigrants of your families when you arrived here, making America more American.
You brought with you your tradition of family values, of faith, of community, of responsibility.
How then could America say it’s ok to send parents of children away? What value system is that? I think it’s un-American. I think it’s un-American.
I want to join Luis Gutierrez in saluting the families for their courage, for their generosity and spirit, of spirit, to share their stories.
Ivan, and Guadalupe and Yvette, for sharing their stories about their families …because no politician’s speeches will ever be as eloquent as their personal testimony about what their family has experienced.
Who in our country, who in our country, could not be moved by their stories? 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. It must be stopped.
-- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Thanks again to Californians for Population Stabilization for providing the transcript and video. Watch the video and visit your Action Buffet for faxes urging your Congressmen to reject Rep. Pelosi's statements.
Updated: Wed, Jul 5th 2017 @ 1:53pm EDT