In an interview with Telemundo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the Obama Administration’s deportations were “totally unjustified” in her hometown of San Francisco. “Our view of the law is, if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation,” Pelosi said. “If someone has broken the law or committed a felony or something, that is a different story.”
“When most people are apprehended, they are deported. I don’t see any reason for these deportations,” Pelosi said. “I think that there is discretion in the law as to the implementation, enforcement of the legislation that is calling for these deportations.”
Pelosi said the Administration has to ability to deport fewer illegal aliens. “They think they see a different set of data,” Pelosi said. “But our anecdotes are illustrative. There are so many examples. And for years, we have been after the administration not to have this disparity of discretion that is used. It's wrong.”
Pelosi was asked whether the Administration had authority to broadly halt deportations but declined to answer. However, during an online chat last week, White House Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Muñoz said, “I know what some people want to know is whether or not we can use that authority, DHS can use that authority more broadly, and the answer to that is we have 11 million people who are deportable by act of Congress. We need Congress to act if we are really going to protect everybody from deportation and put those people on a path to citizenship.”
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, told Politico that her remarks were simply restating “long-held belief that being an undocumented immigrant is not a basis for deportation.”
Telemundo did not air some of Pelosi's remarks, but the pro-amnesty group DRM Action Coalition released a transcipt today.
See more in Politico.