Earlier, Pelosi had spoken at the podium with community leaders and fellow members of Congress from the Bay Area in support of her legislative push for a bill that would legalize the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA provides a work permit and temporary reprieve from deportation for youth brought to the U.S.as children without legal permission, if they meet certain criteria.
One male protest leader then started a call and response with the group, addressing Pelosi directly and pointing his finger at her: "Congresswoman Pelosi!" "We have to save the Dreamers now, the constituency is there for our country, its success will lead to other success". President Mia Kagianas, Sac State President Robert Nelsen, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Congressman Ami Bera, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty and other local legislators.
Hernandez described his experience of suffering from a chronic illness and said that if he is deported, he may not be able to afford his medication and treatments. "We should take advantage of that transactional opportunity". "We made a deal to go forward".
They also chanted, "Undocumented, unafraid!" a common refrain of illegal immigrant protests.
Chanting "all of us or none of us", the protesters accused Pelosi of failing to take action for all 11 million undocumented Americans and using young DREAMers as "bargaining chips" in negotiations with President Trump.
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After the event at Sac State, Pelosi said to the press that these protesters acted out of fear of not knowing what their future will hold.
Pelosi says passing the so-called "DREAM Act" to protect young immigrants is just the first step and Democrats will pursue comprehensive immigration reform. "Now is the time for Congress to make a decision on whether they're going to support us or if they're going to stand in the way of progress".
"While I respect the concerns of the people who came to our meeting, we are not in a situation where we can say all or none", she said. "It's absolutely essential to our country". "We do want to protect the families".
Buoyed by recent success with Democrats on averting a government shutdown over the debt limit, Trump has turned again to a couple of wily, hardened dealmakers: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
For senior sociology major Rossmeri Ramirez, this sentiment hits close to home. The president has said he would be open to separating the wall issue from the question of the DACA program as long as the wall got dealt with eventually. She said attending events like the news conference was, for her, a way to put a spotlight on an almost-perpetual problem in American society.
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"It'd be fine with me", said McCain, a leader of the 2013 effort to pass sweeping immigration legislation, which passed the Senate but died in the House. That attitude could send Democrats down a slippery slope. "And that's our threshold", she said.
Donald Trump's tough talk on illegal immigration was a big part of the reason Dave Hagstrom and many others in this booming Phoenix suburb of Mesa in Arizona supported him for president.
She had began her speech, calling dreamers courageous.
"I mean, this is the problem with not enforcing the rule of law".
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Emergency services are still surveying the damage but it is believed that nearby islands only suffered minor damage by the storm. She's also anxious about her home in Salinas, which she boarded weeks ago in preparation for Hurricane Irma .