Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has led the Democrat Party in the US House since 2007 when she became the first female speaker of the House. However, members of her party are beginning to question Pelosi’s leadership given their consistent Democrat losses at the ballot box.
According to the Free Beacon, Pelosi, on Tuesday, made remarks suggesting that Republicans want to put DACA beneficiaries–often referred to by Democrats as “Dreamers”–in internment camps similar to the ones in which Japanese Americans were lodged during World War II.
House Minority Leader Pelosi was addressing the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. She used the opportunity to praise DACA beneficiaries and to express disapproval of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Obama-era DACA program.
DACA, established by Obama via Executive Order after he failed to convince Congress to pass his DREAM Act amnesty, shields individuals who illegally entered the county as minors from deportation and provides them with eligibility for a work permit.
As Christian News Alerts reported, Trump rescinded DACA on the grounds of the order being unconstitutional. Chief of Staff and former Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly explained that DACA’s unconstitutional nature made it indefensible in court.
Kelly wrote: “Every DOJ and DHS lawyer says DACA is unconstitutional. Every other legal scholar – Right and Left – says the same thing. Trump didn’t end DACA, the law did.” Nevertheless, Trump’s decision gives Congress six months to legalize DACA.
The president himself has indicated he would be willing to sign a bill allowing DACA beneficiaries to remain in the country, writing on Twitter “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!”
Pelosi told her audience that Americans “owe” the “Dreamers.” For Pelosi, failing to pass legislation allowing DACA beneficiaries to stay in the US would be akin to the federal government’s placement of Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II.
The House minority leader said: “A week and a half ago, I was in Chicago, and I saw this art exhibit that I was invited to see. It’s called ‘And then they came for me,’ and it’s about the internment of the Japanese-American patriots in our country who were interned into camps during World War II while their family members were fighting for freedom for America and for the world in World War II.”
“And now they’re coming for the Dreamers. This is something—we owe these Dreamers for their patriotism, their courage, their optimism to come forward, but it’s about America too.”
Pelosi claims to want to pass a bill favorable to the “Dreamers” as quickly as possible: “We want to do it within six weeks and hopefully we can by supporting the Dream Act that is in the House and the Senate.”
As the Huffington Post reported, Pelosi claims to have President Trump’s support for the Dream Act, which is now being revisited in Congress. “Obviously it has to be bipartisan,” Pelosi asserted. “The president supports that, he would sign it. But we have to get it passed.”
Immigration could prove to be a divisive issue in Congress. Although establishment Republicans express support for Democrat plans to legalize DACA, amnesty remains highly unpopular with the GOP base.