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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the bizarre suggestion this week that our founding fathers somehow had illegal aliens in mind when they wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
During a speech on the House floor Thursday, the California Democrat said that migrant children brought illegally into the U.S. by their parents are really the “true and legitimate heirs of our founders,” as she and her fellow Democrats prepared to ram through an amnesty bill for roughly 4 million so-called “Dreamers.”
“This legislation is protecting ‘dreamers,’ and TPS [Temporary Protected Status] and DED [Deferred Enforced Departure] recipients, honors the truth that immigrants are the constant reinvigoration of our country,” she said.
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“When they come here with their hopes and dreams and aspirations, these parents bringing their children, their hopes and dreams and aspirations for a better future for their children, that courage, that determination, those aspirations, are American traits, and they all make America more American, with all of that,” the Speaker continued.
“Indeed they are true and legitimate heirs, these dreamers are, of our founders. E Pluribus Unum, from many one, we talk about that all the time,” she said.
“They’re our teachers, they’re our professionals. They’re our CEOs. They’re entrepreneurs, they contribute to our community in every way. Millions of Americans have come together to organize and mobilize for dreamers: Labor leaders, business community, faith organizations, national security officials, law enforcement, more and more,” she continued.
“The true VIPs of the moment, are the dreamers and immigrants who have spoken out with great dignity and eloquence, refusing to be forced back into the shadow.”
“…[D]reamers, TPS, DED recipients are American in every way. They have lived and worked in our country for decades, if not their entire lives, and they are integral threads in the fabric of our nation … Dreamers power our businesses, our economy, our CEOs, and taxpayers — all of them do. They advance innovation in America’s technological edge as entrepreneurs and researchers. They protect our national security and military might and service members and civilian experts,” the California Democrat continued.
“So many of the frontline of the pandemic [are illegals] — first responders transportation sanitation, food workers, our teachers, our teachers, our teachers. There’s so much of our country. These [illegal] immigrant communities strengthen, enrich, and ennoble our nation, and they must be allowed to stay,” she said.
Pelosi, who struggled to find enough votes for the bill to begin with, then went on to quote the late President Ronald Reagan, though of context, of course.
“I always love to quote President Reagan in his last speech as President of the United States. His last speech — this is his last message as President to the American people. He said, ‘Thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we’re a nation for every young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge, always leading the world into the next frontier. This quality is vital to the future, our future as a nation. If we ever close the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost,'” she said.
Of course, Reagan was all for legal immigration. What’s more, he said after he signed one of the largest amnesty bills in the country’s history — legalizing some 2.5 million illegal aliens — he regretted doing so.
And by the way, in a fact-check of Pelosi, our founders weren’t keen on unlimited illegal immigration.