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The claim: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, 'Just because someone is here illegally doesn't mean they broke any of our laws.'
On Jan. 13, 2019, Nancy Pelosi Must Resign — an anti-Pelosi page on Facebook — posted a quote attributed to the speaker of the House.
"Just because someone is here illegally doesn't mean they broke any of our laws," the quote reads, along with an image of Pelosi and a screenshot of StarTrek.
As of Jan. 13, 2021, the post had been viral again and shared over 107,000 times. But is the quote real?
There's no record that Pelosi made such a remark
There is no record that Pelosi made the remark that is quoted in the post, according to a search by USA TODAY. Snopes also could not find the statement in any published sources, including books and periodicals.
PolitiFact found a single result for the quote in Nexis, a news database. It appeared in a conservative column in Tri-County Times in March 2019. But the column, titled "Random Royal Thoughts," provided no context for the quote, such as where or when it was said.
Pelosi's thoughts on people in U.S. illegally
Though the quote is false, Pelosi has expressed similar sentiments in the past.
In 2006, for example, she told "PBS NewsHour" that not all immigrants here illegally came to the United States that way.
"Some did," she said. "Some came and their visas expired or they’re on a backlog at the immigration service, when it was called the immigration service."
Still, Pelosi admitted that "many did come in illegally."
"That is that we do have to strengthen security at the border; there is no question about that. Everyone agrees to that," she concluded.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, the claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "Just because someone is here illegally doesn't mean they broke any of our laws," is FALSE. There's no record that Pelosi made such a remark.
Our fact-check sources:
PolitiFact, May 29, 2019, "No source for supposed Pelosi statement about undocumented immigrants"
Tri-County Times, March 20, 2019, "Random Royal Thoughts"
PBS NewsHour, March 30, 2006, "House Minority Leader Pelosi Blasts GOP’s Iraq Policy"
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Post cites false Nancy Pelosi quote on illegal immigration