Nancy Pelosi Smacks ‘the Trump Administration’s Illegal, Immoral Assault on Our Dreamers’

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 15, 2021 | 1:27pm EDT
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) released a statement today to mark the ninth anniversary of President Barack Obama’s executive action to allow illegal aliens who had arrived in the United States as minors—sometimes called “Dreamers”--to stay in the country.

“Today, our nation celebrates nine years of the landmark DACA program, which empowers hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to pursue their American Dream,” said Pelosi.

“This week, we also mark one year since the Supreme Court affirmed DACA and rejected the Trump Administration’s illegal, immoral assault on our Dreamers,” she said.

“As we celebrate these joyous anniversaries, we are reminded of the urgency we face in fully protecting these Americans, so they can continue to strengthen our nation with their talents, hard work and patriotism,” said Pelosi.

“We also salute President Biden for his immediate executive actions upon taking office to ensure that, in the meantime, DACA is stronger today than ever before,” she said.

“Dreamers make America more American, from studying at our universities to serving our nation overseas to fighting this pandemic on the frontlines,” Pelosi said.

The Congressional Research Service published a report on DACA in April.

“The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative has commanded interest and attention since its unveiling in 2012,” said CRS. “It has provided protection from deportation and work authorization to a subset of unauthorized childhood arrivals. Often called Dreamers, unauthorized childhood arrivals are foreign nationals in the United States without lawful immigration status who first entered the country as children.”

“DACA was established,” the CRS explained, “in the aftermath of unsuccessful legislative efforts to create a mechanism for certain Dreamers to obtain lawful permanent resident (LPR0 status. A DACA grant, however, does not confer LPR status (or any other legal immigration status on a beneficiary.”

The Constitution of the United States gives the power to set the laws for naturalizing aliens to the Congress not to the Executive. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 says: “Congress shall have the power…To establish an uniform Rule of Naturization.”

Here is Speaker Pelosi’s full statement about DACA:

Pelosi Statement on the 9th Anniversary of DACA

June 15, 2021

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement to mark the ninth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, established by President Obama on June 15, 2012:

“Today, our nation celebrates nine years of the landmark DACA program, which empowers hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to pursue their American Dream.  This week, we also mark one year since the Supreme Court affirmed DACA and rejected the Trump Administration’s illegal, immoral assault on our Dreamers.  As we celebrate these joyous anniversaries, we are reminded of the urgency we face in fully protecting these Americans, so they can continue to strengthen our nation with their talents, hard work and patriotism.

“The Democratic House has now proudly passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, twice.  This landmark legislation will put Dreamers and TPS and DED recipients on a permanent pathway to citizenship.  The Senate must now swiftly pass this legislation into law.  We also salute President Biden for his immediate executive actions upon taking office to ensure that, in the meantime, DACA is stronger today than ever before.

“Dreamers make America more American, from studying at our universities to serving our nation overseas to fighting this pandemic on the frontlines.  To mark this momentous anniversary and honor our nation’s heritage as a land of immigrants, House Democrats call on our Republican colleagues to join us in supporting the Dream and Promise Act so that this vital legislation will become the law of the land.”

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