Pelosi: Dreamers 'Make America More American'; ‘We Owe These Dreamers’

By Susan Jones | September 13, 2017 | 5:45am EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggests that what happened to Japanese Americans during WWII might also happen to Dreamers. "We cannot let them come for them," she told a news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Screen grab from YouTube)

( - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) on Tuesday that illegal aliens "make America more American."

"I'm honored to be here with the Dreamers who are perpetually advancing the American Dream," Pelosi told a CAPAC news conference. "Their courage and their optimism and their inspiration -- they make America more American."

Pelosi said she was in Chicago recently to attend an art exhibit dealing with the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. She actually suggested that what happened to the Japanese-Americans might also happen to the Dreamers, who were brought to the United States illegally as children:

A week and a half ago, I was in Chicago and I saw this art exhibit that I was invited to see. It's called 'And Then They Came For Me,' and it's about the internment of Japanese American patriots in our country, who were interned into camps during World War II.

While their family members were fighting for freedom for America and for the world in World War II, they were in camps. And they came for me. And now they're coming for the Dreamers. This is something that -- we owe these Dreamers for their patriotism, their courage, their optimism, to come forward.

But it's about America too, what the fight is for who were are as a country. They are the manifestation of that fight right now, but we cannot let them come for them.

So while the President thinks that giving six months' time for Congress to act, we want to do that sooner. We want to that within six weeks and hopefully we can by supporting the Dream Act that is in the House and in the Senate, both houses. But we must pass something before we leave for Christmas. That's for sure.

But in doing so, we will not only be protecting the Dreamers, we will be protecting the integrity of our country. So thank you, Dreamers, for being stronger than anybody. For being stronger than anybody. And for actually taking some risks for your families to keep America the country we take pride in being. Thank you for your patriotism.

The Washington Post is reporting that top House leaders, including Pelosi and House Speaker Paul Ryan, will meet today (Wednesday) to discuss legislation that would give permanent legal status to the roughly 700,000 people enrolled in President Obama's DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals) program.


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