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Nancy Pelosi: Violations of immigration law no reason for deportation

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According to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., violations of immigration laws are no reason to deport those who are in the country illegally, the National Review reported Wednesday.

“Our view of the law is that it — if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation," she told Telemundo.

The NRO's Mark Krikorian said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill reiterated Pelosi's statement, saying it was merely “a restatement of her long-held belief that being an undocumented immigrant is not a basis for deportation.”

According to Hammill, Pelosi would rather pass amnesty in order to clear up the legal status.

"Nor can you write this off as just another moronic comment from the lightweight House minority leader," Krikorian added.

Instead, he said, it is simply an "explicit articulation" of the policy the Obama administration has been pushing for years.

The idea, he explained, is to make immigration violations "secondary" offenses, similar to seat belt violations in many states.

As far as the administration is concerned, immigration law should only apply to those who violate "real" laws, such as those against murder, rape and drug-dealing.

"It’s like going after Al Capone for not paying his taxes, but ignoring all tax cheats who aren’t Mafiosi," he added.

This, he said, now seems to be the consensus position among Democrats.

The bottom line, Krikorian said, is that nothing said by Democrats or the administration regarding enforcement can be believed.

"In this environment," he concludes, "any House Republican attempting to engage with Democrats on immigration is either a fool or a collaborator."

The situation is also exacerbated by progressive lawmakers like Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., who insist Obama unilaterally rule on deportation.

Obama, the Washington Times said, has argued that Congress has only allocated enough money to deport 400,000 illegal immigrants and has claimed broad discretion in deciding whom to deport out of the estimated 11 million people currently in the country illegally.

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