A woman whose son was tortured and murdered by an illegal alien confronted former House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during a CNN town hall Tuesday. Her reaction to the question about "sanctuary cities" is eliciting a lot of attention.
Pelosi represents a district in San Francisco, one of the many cities which have adopted "sanctuary city" policies that protect illegal aliens from federal law enforcement requesting help from local authorities.
The question came from Laura Wilkerson, who tearfully recounted what happened to her son.
"In 2010 one of the illegals slaughtered my son," she began. "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 enforced at the border."
"How do you reconcile in your head about letting people disavow the law?" Wilkerson continued. "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 a nicer life? Which one would you like to say 'You, my child, are expendable for someone else to come over here and not follow the law, and have a nicer life'?"
"I commend you for sharing your story," Pelosi answered. "I can't even imagine the pain. There's nothing, I'm sure, that can compare to the grief that you have, so I pray for you."
I pray for you, again, we all pray that none of us has to experience what you've experienced. So thank you for channeling 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 there without being reported to ICE in case of another crime that they might bare witness to.
"The point is that you do not turn law enforcement officers into immigration officers," Pelosi concluded. "That is really what the point is in a sanctuary city. So it's not a question of giving sanctuary to someone who is guilty of a crime — they should be deported."
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Sanctuary city policies have come under fire after Donald Trump made defeating them a cornerstone of his presidential campaign. In July 2015, an illegal alien shot and killed a young woman named Kate Steinle in San Francisco, and Trump took up her cause as an example of crimes committed by illegals that could be prevented by dismantling sanctuary city policies.
Upon arriving at the Oval Office, Trump issued an executive order that would cut federal grant spending on municipalities with "sanctuary city" policies. One Florida city has already changed their policies in response to his threat, while Democrats are doubling down and promising to keep "sanctuary city" policies intact.