Nancy Pelosi leaves press conference after being shouted down by angry protesters

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

Speaking in San Francisco about the DREAM Act on Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was interrupted by a group of protesters, including some undocumented immigrants, CNN affiliate KPIX reported.

But Pelosi got a taste of the danger any California Democrat faces in getting too close to Trump when a group of angry young protesters hijacked her San Francisco news conference on Monday morning to denounce her negotiations with the president.

Protesters said in interviews after the event that they were anxious Pelosi's negotiations with Trump would lead to increasing militarization of the border, or stricter enforcement of immigration laws against undocumented people who weren't protected by DACA. They chanted: "Shut down ICE" and "All of us or none of us".

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"You've had your say, and it's lovely", Pelosi told the demonstrators at one point. But the protestors wouldn't let her speak.

Moments later, she was forced to leave the news conference.

At one point, she said, "Just stop it". "We demand accountability. Democrats are not the resistance of Trump".

After the initial outburst from protesters, Pelosi tried to regain control of the event. Many of Trump's most passionate supporters revolted after a report claimed the administration had struck a deal with Democrats that would make DACA the law of the land.


The reception Pelosi received shows the hard tightrope she's walking when it comes to Trump, said Bruce Cain, a Stanford political science professor: If she refuses to work with the president, she might not pass the Dream Act, which would protect young undocumented people brought to the USA illegally as children. But these immigrant youths argued that democrats should be fighting now for all undocumented people living in the U.S.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges the move violated the constitutional rights of immigrants who lack legal status and provided information about themselves to the US government so they could participate in the program.

They appeared upset that Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have been negotiating with Trump in order to pass a law that will grant amnesty to people who were brought to the US illegally as children.

"Stop it. Just stop it now", Pelosi repeated over and over.


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