Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi thanked ‘Dreamer’ parents for breaking US law and bringing their children into the nation illegally on Wednesday, saying the nation “owes a debt” to the undocumented families.
The California Congresswoman expressed her gratitude during a televised town hall event on CNN, where she was asked whether President Trump or Congress was ready to move ahead on permanent DACA legislation.
“Our Dreamers, they make America dream again. They’re so lovely. And frankly, we owe a debt to your parents for bringing you here,” said Pelosi. “You’re such a brilliant part of our future, a constant reinvigoration of America, that’s what newcomers are.”
“It’s your courage, it’s your optimism, it’s their commitment to making the future better for their children. That’s what Americans are all about,” she added.
President Trump officially ended Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, earlier this year; saying the policy was an overreach of executive authority and urging Congress to permanently pass immigration reform.
The children affected by the program, commonly referred to as ‘Dreamers,’ have been left in limbo as Congressional lawmakers struggle to agree on specifics behind the overhaul of the nation’s outdated immigration system.