The political debate over the fate of “DREAMers” — undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — has overlooked just how many there are in the country today: about 3.6 million.
That number of people whose lives risk being uprooted is not widely known, in large part because so much public attention has been focused recently on 800,000 mostly young DREAMers accepted into the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
President Trump in September rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program put in place in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, effective in March. A variety of Democratic state attorneys general, organizations and individuals challenged Trump’s action in multiple federal courts.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Wednesday that she is grateful for the parents of Dreamers who brought their children to the U.S.
Pelosi made the comment at a press conference in which she discussed the possibility of a government shutdown as lawmakers scramble to pass a short-term spending deal by midnight Friday to keep the government funded. Many Democrats have indicated they will not support a deal unless it preserves the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which provides legal protections to Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
In response to being asked whether a DACA deal is worth shutting down the government, Pelosi immediately became condescending.
“This is not a shut down over DACA. How many times do I need to say this? As I said, if there had never been one DACA, one DREAMER, thank God that there are. God bless them and their parents for bringing them here…” Pelosi said.