Pelosi: Put off immigration overhaul, save 'Dreamers now'
- Author: Megan Austin Sep 22, 2017,
Sep 22, 2017, 0:40
A group of illegal immigrants and their supporters shouted down Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat who serves as House Minority Leader, on Monday as she tried to speak about her support for the Obama-era DACA program. In repealing DACA, the president gave Congress a six-month window to adopt legislative protections for those enrolled in the program, who were brought to the country illegally as children.
"While I respect the concerns of the people who came to our meeting, we are not in a situation where we can say all or none", she said. It was imposed by executive action in 2012 under President Barack Obama and rescinded by the Trump administration on September 5, but a six-month window was provided to give Congress time to address the issue. Additionally, Trump himself said earlier that as far as Dreamers were concerned, he had "a big heart" and they needn't worry.
Monday's episode shows the wariness with which activists regard Democratic cooperation with Trump, even when working with Trump represents the only feasible chance to avoid disaster.
However, she could not speak over the protests.
"The only consistent theme seems to be he's pro-Trump", the California congressman said of the president.
Schumer and Pelosi said they reached a deal with the White House on legislation that would offer eventual citizenship to the immigrants in question. After some White House pushback, they clarified with a follow-up statement: "T$3 here was no final deal, but there was agreement" to work toward one.
Meanwhile, Democrats are fighting with the president over the construction of a wall along the U.S-Mexico border. "That was what the arrangement was.' So we think we made progress in it", Pelosi said. And you'd think that Mrs. Pelosi would be thanked for getting Mr. Trump to move off his campaign rhetoric and support legalization-especially when Democrats are in the minority on Capitol Hill. "If you look at the city of Sacramento and you look at the people who are here, you can see that they're all in".
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Pelosi rejected that critique, saying the Democrats will continue their long-term fight for comprehensive immigration reform.
Young Indian nationals in the USA are among the top ten groups eligible to participate in the DACA program.
But she, too, has no problem with Trump agreeing to let the Dreamers stay in the United States, so long as they don't commit crimes.
Pelosi told The Associated Press last Friday in an interview that she and Schumer are looking for ways to "build some trust and confidence" with Trump. She recently signed a lease for an office and hired employees because she believed she could stay and work in the US under the program, Gabriel said. I'm a DACA recipient and I do not want to be represented in this way.
Pelosi was hosting an event in San Francisco to bring awareness to the plight of the 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program participants now in limbo after Trump's decision to end the Obama-era policy when dozens of protesters entered the room chanting for the Democratic leader to be held accountable.
Although Pelosi and other Democrats have shown nearly nothing but support for DACA recipients - and illegal immigrants in general, for that matter - the group of immigrants who harangued her Tuesday and called her a "liar" couldn't have cared less. "It's all or none".