Unable to help herself, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi felt the need to weigh in on the Trump administration’s bombshell lawsuit against her home state of California – a lawsuit that will finally set straight the role of the federal government when it comes to enforcing immigration law and the rights of local politicians to set laws barring them from doing so.
It should prove to be an epic legal confrontation…and naturally, liberals are scared to death that it’s not going to go their way. They do, after all, have most of the Democratic Party’s future built around the eventual legalization of millions of illegal immigrants. It would not be favorable to that strategy for a judge to rule that “sanctuary” policies are, heretofore, no longer valid.
In a statement on Tuesday, Pelosi blasted Trump for filing the lawsuit and, in doing so, make some rather remarkable statements about how important illegal immigrants are to the fabric of this nation.
“The people of California will not be bowed by the Trump administration’s brazed aggression and intimidation tactics,” she said. “Californians will continue to proudly keep open doors to the immigrants who make America more American. We will fight this sham lawsuit and will fight all cowardly attacks on our immigrant communities.”
The immigrants who make America more American. She really said that.
As Democrats are wont to do when the issue is illegal immigration, Pelosi suddenly assumed the role of Champion of States’ Rights in an embarrassing display of constitutional ignorance.
“The Trump Administration’s attacks on California are unacceptable in the federal system of government our Founders created,” she said. “We have a system of checks and balances – not a system in which the executive branch can unilaterally bend states to its will. The federal government cannot force states and localities to participate in the cruel roundup of immigrant families, which spreads fear and thwarts cooperation with local law enforcement.”
No, they can’t. But what’s your point, Nancy? The Trump administration is trying to do no such thing. They are not calling on the LAPD to go out and patrol the streets for illegal immigrants. They are simply demanding that once those illegals are arrested on unrelated charges that local jails hold them for ICE to come get them and deport them. That is well within the purview of the federal government, in line with federal law, and is in no way an expansion of the executive branch’s authority. It is, when it’s all said and done, merely common sense.