While speaking before reporters in front of the Capitol on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., suggested that Republicans are set to put so-called “Dreamers” into concentration camps with comments comparing them to Japanese-Americans who were incarcerated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during World War II.
“And they came for me, and now they’re coming for the DREAMers,” she said while addressing supporters for proposed legislation that would provide legal status for illegal immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.
“It’s an honor to be here with the DREAMers,” she said, “the DREAMers, who are perpetuating, advancing the American dream wth their courage and their optimism and their inspiration, they make America more American.”
Describing an art exhibit entitled, “And then they came for me,” Pelosi said: “[I]t’s about the internment of the Japanese-American patriots in our country who were interned into camps during World War 2 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,” she said, “and now they’re coming for the DREAMers.”
“This is something,” she further said, “we owe these DREAMers for their patriotism, for their courage, their optimism to come forward. But it’s about America too. The fight is for who we are as a country, too. 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 for Congress to act, we wanna do it sooner we wanna do it in six weeks,” she added, referring to President Trump’s decision to give Congress six months to deal with DACA legislatively.
“So thank you DREAMers for being stronger than anybody,” she said, “for being stronger than anybody, and for actually taking some risks for your families to keep America a country we take pride in being. Thank you for your patriotism.”
Here’s video of her comments:
She also repeated her comments on social media.
We owe DREAMers for their patriotism & courage to come forward. This is a fight about who we are as a country. We must pass the
#DREAMAct,” she tweeted.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) September 12, 2017
Several suggested Pelosi care for American citizens first:
No dream act!!!! Pelosi start thinking about the American people and their children.they have dreams too stop giving our money away for free
— Suzanne orourke (@Suzanneorourke7) September 12, 2017
Others reminded Pelosi America is a nation of laws:
I kind of thought we were a nation of laws–why aren't you fighting for that? #ABetterDeal apparently only if it's convenient.
— Rob Blissett (@Blissy42) September 13, 2017
How about they owe us for a place of refuge with opportunities. We do not owe them, they owe us. Stop it Pelosi!
— Gary Dinkins (@garydinkins2004) September 12, 2017
Meanwhile, The Hill said, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans are set to meet with Democrats on Wednesday:
The meeting will also include House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and leaders of the congressional Tri-Caucus, composed of the congressional Asian, Black and Hispanic caucuses.
AshLee Strong, Ryan’s spokeswoman, confirmed the meeting to the Post and said that the Speaker was intent on including new border security measures in the bill.
President Trump’s decision to end the program, which gives roughly 690,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as young children protection from deportation and work permits, included a six-month delay in which Congress could act to pass legislation to cement the program into law.
A legislative solution to the program, which was enacted by former President Obama under executive powers, has received bipartisan support in Congress.
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