This exchange took place during a “town hall” meeting on CNN last night.
LAURA WILKERSON, SON KILLED BY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT: 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 not 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?
REP. NANCY PELOSI, HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: 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.
The person who followed Wilkerson was a man born in Mexico and brought to the U.S. as a one-year-old who garnered applause after he told his story.
“The DREAMers are so spectacular and so inspirational to all of us. And that is why when we had the majority in the Congress, the House of Representatives, led by our Congressional Hispanic Caucus, passed the DREAMers act”.
Let’s think about this.
Ms. Wilkerson’s question – the second one, not the first – while understandable given her grief and anguish, is a terribly unfair. There is no either-or choice to be made on expendability. The hope is that everyone lives as positive a life as possible.
That said, Rep. Pelosi’s response is odious. Why? Because it is every bit as much of a stereotype as someone who hates Mexicans (or, for that matter, Blacks, Jews, Chinese, etc.) and thinks they are subhuman garbage.
How can I say that, when every word out of Ms. Pelosi’s mouth assures us of how wonderful they are? Because, just as someone who hates Mexicans would, she lumps them into a single definition. “You’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all”.
Suppose someone said all illegal aliens are worthless criminals. Would Nancy Pelosi be tolerant of such an opinion? Would she thank the person expressing it. Acknowledge that it made sense? No, of course not.
So what is Ms. Pelosi doing differently when she says they all illegal aliens in sanctuary cities are law abiding citizens, and all so-called “DREAMers” are spectacular and inspirational? How is her stereotype of every member of a group any different than a hater’s stereotype of the same group?
Is the argument “Well, she’s saying nice things about these people, so it’s not the same thing”? If so, forget about it. That doesn’t work.
She is stereotyping every member of a group as if she met and vetted them all individually – just as the racist tells you all Blacks are lazy welfare recipients and the anti-Semite tells you all Jews are greedy and grasping.
They are both one-size-fits-all stereotypes. They are EXACTLY the same thing.
But don’t worry, Nancy. You will never have to pay for what you said. In your San Francisco district, that stereotype probably sent your approval rating from 101% to 104%. And mainstream media – the same mainstream media at the ready to denounce anyone who generalizes about Mexican illegals in a negative way – will fall all over..The.. reality here is the people elected to serve the interests of the American people here have openly chosen illegals over we the people