Protest shuts down Pelosi's DREAM Act news conference in San Francisco

Friday, 22 Sep, 2017

A scant 16 days later, Trump found himself in the Oval Office taking a debt ceiling deal from Chuck Schumer that included no concessions on the wall, and serving as a stenographer for Nancy Pelosi, who wrote the president's tweet reassuring Dreamers (children in the United States with parents who came illegally) they would not be deported under the president's DACA decision.

The Democratic leader was barely able to speak over the chorus of chants Monday, including shouts of "undocumented and unafraid".

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.

More than a dozen states from ME to California have sued over the administration's decision to phase out the program, alleging similar constitutional violations. "Just stop it now".

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Wednesday that she wants to pass legislation to protect illegal immigrant families who "did a great thing" by coming to the U.S. "These people can very powerfully and very clearly communicate the extent to which they organized their lives around this program".

The second speaker closed by calling on all undocumented immigrants to unite against the deportation policies of Trump and the Democrats, saying, "We send a clear message to our fellow undocumented youth and communities: We are the resistance to Trump!" If the deal falls apart and Trump returns to his pattern of insult-hurling and name-calling, the Democratic leaders will be right where they began - no better and no worse. "We don't have that opportunity" in a Republican-led Congress, Pelosi said. But the shouting did not stop.

"I know some people think this hurts the cause of undocumented folks, but undocumented people will always be scapegoated", Luis Serrano, one of the group's organizers, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

For conservatives who fear a new world order in which Trump governs the country like a maverick with Schumer and Pelosi serving as his Iceman and Goose, there's no need to worry. Pelosi tried to respond, with no result.

Prior to the protesters showing up, Pelosi described a dinner she had with Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, where they discussed what it would take to get the DREAM Act - which has been kicking around the Senate since 2001 - passed into law.

Then, last week, Trump dined with Schumer and Pelosi to discuss possible ways to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants who were brought to the USA and issues of border security.

"Do you want answers?"

Civil rights and racial justice organization South Asian Americans Leading Together support the immediate passage of the DREAM Act.

After roughly 30 minutes, Pelosi and the other Democrats left the press conference. She said Democrats shouldn't fritter that away by fighting for broader reforms that are likely unattainable. He said Trump's focus on protecting the Mexican border is already threatening cuts in programs for the poor.

Following the Trump administration's decision to end the DACA initiative, communities across the country are fighting back to lobby for the protection of Dreamers. "It's credit that's well deserved", Moulton said of Pelosi's negotiations on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.