At a town hall event hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked audience member Laura Wilkerson about sanctuary cities and border security.
By her own account, Laura Wilkerson’s son was murdered – tortured, beat, tied up, and set on fire – by an illegal alien in 2010. “How do you reconcile in your head about allowing people to disavow the law?” Wilkerson asked the California representative.
She went further and asked Pelosi which of her kids or grandkids would be worth giving up in order for an illegal alien to come to this country, commit crimes, and have a more comfortable life. “Which one would you look to say, you, my child, are expendable for someone else to come over here and not follow the law and have a nicer life?”
In Pelosi’s response, she said that the purpose of sanctuary cities was not to be a place of refuge for criminal aliens, but to ensure that the local police aren’t turned into immigration officers.
Donald Trump has repeatedly said that his administration would focus on deporting not immigrants, or even illegal immigrants, but on criminal illegal immigrants.
LAURA WILKERSON: Please excuse my voice tonight. There are over 300 cities in this country that are sanctuary cities. Like San Francisco. And you’re not only choosing to disavow a law, but you are adding sanctuary to people who come there and disavow the law.
In 2010, one of the illegals slaughtered my son. He tortured him, he beat him, he tied him up like an animal, and he set him on fire. And I am not a one-story mother. This happens every day. Because there are no laws enforcing the border. We have to start giving American families first.
This is not — bad to put Americans first. We have family that fought and died for this country.
How do you reconcile in your head about allowing people to disavow the law?
And the second part of my question is this — if you need to go home tonight and line up your babies as you say, and your grandbabies, which one of them could you look in their eyes today, and tell them that they’re expendable for another foreign person to have an a nicer life? Which one would you look to say, you, my child, are expendable for someone else to come over here and not follow the law and have a nicer life?
NANCY PELOSI: Well, again, I commend you for sharing your story. I can’t even imagine —
WILKERSON: You can’t.
PELOSI: — the pain. I can’t even imagine. There is, there is nothing, I’m sure that can compare to the grief that you have. And so I pray for you. I pray for you. Again, we all pray that none of us has to experience what you have experienced. So thank you for channelling your energy to help prevent something like that from happening. But I do want to say to you, that in our sanctuary cities, our people are not disobeying the law.
These are law-abiding citizens, it enables them to, to be there without being reported to ICE in case of another crime that they might bear witness to.