Trump at odds with DACA hard-liners

Posted September 22, 2017

But as Pelosi was finishing up her remarks, dozens of protesters began chanting, shouting "We are not your bargaining chips!"

A group of frustrated protesters drowned out Nancy Pelosi at a press conference on Monday, criticizing the DACA deal with Trump and demanding a "clean bill". Barbara Lee and Jared Huffman, was expected to call for the immediate passage of the Dream Act, a federal proposal that was never approved by Congress but offered numerous same protections as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

Pelosi attempted to interact with the protesters, who ignored her and chanted over her.

"You've had your say, and it's attractive to our ears", Pelosi told the protesters, some of who carried signs that read "Democrats are deporters". "Pelosi moved forward with the negotiation (with Trump) without consulting immigrant youth and community members who have been frustrated by her lack of support for immigrant justice in California".

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Trump's fiery rhetoric and promise to seal the U.S. border with Mexico attracted millions of supporters in last year's election, many of them older white conservatives like the ones who repeatedly elected immigration hard-liner Joe Arpaio as sheriff here in Maricopa County. The activists don't believe the Democrats are doing enough to stand up to Trump or to stand in solidarity with them.

"We need to have a conversation, but that was completely one-sided", Pelosi told reporters at the time. Dianne Feinstein, also of San Francisco, was booed after she called for patience in dealing with Trump, saying she hoped he would change for the better. 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.

Pelosi replied, "Yes, yes, yes, yes I am, yes I am", with the crowd responding, "You are a liar!".

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY met with Trump last week after the termination of DACA was announced. But Pelosi, who had passed a version of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act through the House as Speaker in 2010, said Trump's support creates a political opportunity to enact those protections this year.

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A leading House Democrat said he isn't surprised by President Donald Trump's recent willingness to work with Democratic congressional leaders because, he said, Trump has "no ideology". What isn't so clear (yet) is whether it will have the effect they're hoping for. Eventually Pelosi was forced off stage.

From left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

"I'm a believer in America First", Joe Dahlstrom, 45, a Mesa golf course owner, said as misters sprayed him and his 4-year-old daughter, Gracyn, outside the Panera Bread where they stopped on Thursday night for a family dinner. "This administration's heartless, endless efforts to target and marginalize immigrant communities makes the immediate passage of a clean DREAM Act all the more urgent", said SAALT executive director Suman Raghunathan. The protesters called for reform that gives legal status to all immigrants in the country, not just young people.

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