So, Nancy Pelosi believes the immigration raids in Northern California last week that netted some 232 illegals--180 of who have criminal records--was a "cowardly act on our immigrant communities."

Pelosi says the Trump Administration "decided to terrorize innocent immigrant families in the Bay Area with his unjust and cruel raids."

Yeppers. The House Minority Leader referred to the raids as "unjust and cruel."  Did I mention that 115 of these "innocent immigrants" had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault?

Pelosi also lashed out at a Department of Justice lawsuit challenging recent California laws it says interfere with federal immigration policies, and charged President Trump with abusing the legal system in order to "push his mass deportation agenda."

The Democrat Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, is under federal investigation after alerting the roughly 2.5 million illegals believed to be living in California that ICE was about to conduct the raids. Immigration officials say as a result of the heads-up, some 800 potentially dangerous illegals were able to elude capture.

As for the suit Pelosi says,

"The people of California will not be bowed by the Trump administration's brazen aggression and intimidation tactics. California will continue to proudly keep our doors open to the immigrants who make America more American. We will fight this sham lawsuit and will fight all cowardly attack son our immigration communities." 

Why have the Democrats chosen to be on the wrong side of this issue? Do they understand that by putting criminal illegals ahead of law-abiding, taxpaying Americans, they are placing the country at risk?

Of course they do. But it doesn't matter. As cynical as it sounds, this is all about securing votes for the future. Expanding the base. Pure politics.

And it stinks.

Editor's Note: Barry Richard is the afternoon host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon - 3 p.m. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.