House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi got a heaping dose of what Conservatives deal with on a daily basis: ignorant, protesting liberals.
Pelosi was speaking at the DREAM Act Conference, which will allow people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented under Obama to remain in the United States. However, shouting protesters barged in and took over the event.
The protesters who interrupted the conference were calling for a “clean” DREAM Act — one that didn’t make concessions to Republicans on border security — and protections for a larger group of immigrants in the U.S. illegally than that bill would confer.
At one point, some of the protesters called Pelosi a “liar,” NBC Newsreported.
Some of the protesters held signs reading “Democrats are Deporters,” according to CBS’s San Francisco affiliate.
Pelosi tried to take back control of the event, telling protesters, “You’ve had your say, and it’s beautiful music to our ears,” CBS reported.
According to The Hill, Pelosi was eventually forced to leave.
Under DACA, nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” — people brought to the country illegally as children — received work permits and deferral from deportation; about 690,000 Dreamers still hold DACA status.According to the Migration Policy Institute, about 1.8 million people would be immediately eligible for benefits under the current version of the DREAM Act.
In an impromptu conference after the incident, Huffman said, “I understand why nothing we’re doing is good enough for them.”
“Where we disagree is that we have an opportunity to protect hundreds of thousands of Dreamers while we work on the big picture,” he added.
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