House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday spurned President Trump’s $20 billion request for a border wall, suggesting Democrats in the lower chamber would oppose that figure even if it ensured a deal to protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“All of the money he wants for his wall? Oh, come on, come on, come on,” Pelosi said at a press briefing in the Capitol.
Pelosi was reacting to a new ABC News report on a possible deal between Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) combining $20 billion in border wall funding with strong legal protections for DACA recipients, immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.
Now she’s defending open borders and illegal immigration.Speaking at the United States Conference of Mayors, Pelosi blasted the framework with racially-charged rhetoric, suggesting that the White House plan seeks to hurt minority groups.
Pelosi said, “Since I’m on the subject of DREAMers since last night the president put forth a plan. Let me just say what I said last night, that plan is a campaign to make America white again. it is a plan that says over 50 percent of the current legal immigration will be cut back.”
She continued “Immigration has been the constant re-invigoration of America. When people come here with their hopes and dreams and aspirations and their optimism and their courage to make the future better for their families they are honoring the vows of our founders who predicated everything they do that every generation would make the future better for the next. And with those same values these newcomers make America more American. Instead of viewing it as something, in their word, alien, they should embrace it. ”
The House last year passed Kate’s Law, which increases the penalties for illegal immigrants who come back into the U.S. multiple times after being deported, and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which forces cities to cooperate with federal immigration laws and agencies and would allow the federal government to deny funds for law enforcement if the cities do not comply with the law.