Nancy Pelosi: no "path to citizenship" for illegal aliens might be compromise
Posted Sat, Dec 12, 2008 at 3:58 am
I missed this when it first came out in late October 2008, but an unrelated Associated Press article contained the following suggestion from Nancy Pelosi (link):
Pelosi also said Congress would have to tackle the politically sticky job of overhauling immigration laws in the new Congress, after a bipartisan measure collapsed last year.This might have just been pre-election posturing of some unknown kind, or she might actually have meant it. But, it would be good to see the far-left split from the San Francisco "liberal" crowd as exemplified by Pelosi.
The estimated 12 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally "are part of the U.S. economy. We cannot send them all home, and we cannot send them all to jail, so we have to address it," Pelosi said.
Any solution would have to be bipartisan, she said, so it may require sacrificing some of Democrats' past priorities, such as giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
"Maybe there never is a path to citizenship if you came here illegally," Pelosi said. "I would hope that there could be, but maybe there isn't."