House Minority Leader said at her Thursday press briefing that “God is with” congressional Democrats who want to allow illegal aliens who came to the United States when they were 16 or under to be allowed to stay in the United States legally.
A reporter asked Pelosi: “Have you changed your mind at all about being willing to accept some border wall funding or immigration crackdown funding within a DREAM Act fix?”
“I don’t know, when you say, ‘Have you changed your mind?’ We said to the President the night he agreed to the DACA legislation we have a responsibility to protect our border and we think there are many things we can do working together to do that. And Members have been working in a bipartisan way to address that.
“So we’re not backing off anything, including meeting the needs of protecting our border. We are not going to turn this country into a reign of terror of domestic enforcement and have the DACA, the DREAMers, pay that price.
“But I’m optimistic. I always have been. God is with us on this. Our country is great. We know our greatness springs from the vitality that newcomers bring to our country. Eighty percent at least of the American people support the DREAMers.
“And some Members at the President’s holiday event the other night – he called it a holiday event, by the way. It wasn’t a Christmas party, it was a holiday event – At that, the Republican Members were saying to me, ‘This is 80 percent in my district, people support the DREAMers.’ And I’ve had some of their spouses say to me, ‘We have” to get the DREAM Act.’
“So this has, again, bipartisan support. We can find our common ground.
The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program--or DREAMer program, as Pelosi calls it---was put in place unilaterally by President Barack Obama, who lacked congressional authorization to do it. It allowed illegal aliens who were up to 31 years of age, but who had arrived in the United States before they had turned 16 and had lived here since 2007, to stay legally.
Obama’s program gave these illegals renewable two-year work authorizations. Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved to end the program in September but allowed it to continue for six months after that point to give Congress the opportunity to provide a legislative resolution to the issue.