Oct 20, 2017, 4:10 PM ET

Pelosi: Trump 'would not walk away' from Dreamers

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said today that while President Donald Trump’s actions on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have been “heartbreaking,” she has “confidence” he will stand by the young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Dreamers, going forward.

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Pelosi told "The View" Friday that every president "in recent history," including Republicans like Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, "have been respectful of what immigration means to our country."

In contrast, she said Trump “is the first president who’s made a departure in a very negative way. It’s unfortunate.”

Specifically, the California congresswoman said it was “heartbreaking” that the Trump administration imposed an Oct. 5 deadline for young immigrants who had been covered under DACA to renew their permits. After that deadline, no DACA recipients have been allowed to renew their protected status. Many missed that deadline.

However, Pelosi said she has confidence that Trump "would not walk away from his support for the Dreamers."

"I think he supports the Dreamers because the American people support the Dreamers," she added.

She said she opened the conversation about DACA with Trump during a dinner in September with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

The pair came to the table with "a list of concerns" and disappointments about Trump's actions, Pelosi said. They were looking for an issue they could work with Trump on as "a confidence builder" so that Democrats could feel it was possible to move forward and work with the president.

“For us, that is DACA,” Pelosi said of the key “threshold” the president needed to cross with the two Democratic party leaders.

“If we can have agreement on this and confidence, then we can do other things,” Pelosi said. “If we don't have that confidence, it will be very hard to do it."

Ultimately, the president said he would support the DREAM Act and in exchange, Pelosi said, “We would work with him on some border issues.”

“We have a responsibility to protect our border,” Pelosi said. “We don't have a responsibility to…start a reign of terror by going after families and other people."

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  • voter25

    Dreamers are not DACAs and DACAs aren't Dreamers. DACA illegal aliens
    who are ages 21-35 met the requirements to get a two year deferred
    deportation and a work permit.
    Dreamer illegal aliens couldn't meet the requirements and are a larger
    group. Congress wants to give amnesty and citizenship not just to the
    800.000 DACAs but also to Dreamers which would make at least 3.6 million
    illegal aliens that would profit from violating US immigration laws.
    No amnesty or citizenship or work permits to DACAs or Dreamers. Start deporting now.

  • Lex McGuire exercon

    DACA is going down.

  • Peter

    800K + to your electoral base, that is what this is all about. There must be a better way to attract voters in this country. I am sick of hearing Spanish all around and you want to bring all of these exclusively Latinos here. Why not Europeans, Africans, Asians so that we can diversify better?

  • Evan German

    Any kind of deal with Trump is a deal with the devil - all of the participants have to keep looking over their shoulders to see when Trump will send a derogatory or deal-breaking Tweet that turns everything on its ear. His book should have been called 'The Art of Breaking The Deal'.

  • Forget me bending over

    The king of I don't know what I'm doing - I'm gonna change my mind tomorrow will rain down on her parade you can be sure of that!

  • Amanda Christiana

    Democrats are so out of touch, they spend so much time and energy trying to save dreamers and other illegals.They forget about citizen who actually vote them in. At some point someone has to wake up and see citizens have a voice and want to be heard. I guess President Trump being elected, was not loud and clear enough. We will see how the November elections go, hopefully less like Nancy and more like Trump will be elected. If only we the people who vote could have a say in the illegals who cost us 135 billion per year and the dreams of our children.