Refusing to Be Bargaining Chips, Dreamers Shut Down Pelosi's Pro-Dreamer Event

Andrew Cummings
September 19, 2017

Young undocumented activists disrupted a press conference held by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other congressional Democrats Monday, in which the lawmakers had planned to advocate for passage of the DREAM Act. They "demanded" that Pelosi show a commitment to protecting "all 11 million" undocumented immigrants believed to be in the country.

The protestors carried signs that said "Undocumented, Unafraid" and chanted simply "Yes or no" presumably on whether action would be taken to legalize DACA.

In early September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the administration would end DACA, but not before giving Congress six months to come up with a plan to make the program permanent.

A group of about 40 "Dreamers", illegal immigrants brought to America as children, chanted "Let us speak", and "No lip service" at the House minority leader.

"Where was your resistance then?" the protesters said to Pelosi.

"We're in this fight to win for the dreamers, when it's easier and when it's harder", she said at the Sacramento event. They also called her a "liar".

Democrats are considering a number of bills that could replace the DREAM Act, and Pelosi recently met with Trump to discuss the future of such legislation.

"This group today is saying don't do the DREAM Act unless you do comprehensive immigration reform", Pelosi told reporters after the event, according to a transcript provided to TPM by her staff. But the shouting did not stop. "And now you tell us, you have the audacity, to tell us you have been fighting deportation?" one protester yelled. Pelosi tried to respond, with no result. A statement from Schumer and Pelosi said the trio "agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides".

Pelosi walked out after telling the group that it was clear they "don't want any answers", NBC's Bay Area affiliate reported. "You called this press conference in our name to defend the so-called Dream Act", they said. "I understand their frustration, I'm excited by it as a matter of fact, but the fact is they're completely wrong".

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.

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