Pelosi To Trump: You’re Scaring The ‘Children Of America’
Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Monday that she spoke to President Donald Trump last week, telling him that his actions targeting migrant families in once-planned raids on American cities was doing detrimental harm to children across the country.
CNN reported that Pelosi spoke to Trump on Friday evening.
“When I spoke to the President, I said ‘Look, I’m a mom, I have five kids, seven, nine grandchildren and children are scared. You’re scaring the children of America, not just in those families but their neighbors and their communities. You’re scaring the children,'” Pelosi said she told Trump.
Raids were set to commence on Sunday, per the president’s previous announcements, targeting thousands of families. But on Saturday, Trump abruptly called them off, stating on Twitter that he was doing so in order to allow both parties in Congress to develop a deal on asylum rules changes he wanted to see.
At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
If both parties cannot come to a compromise on immigration, Trump declared in his tweet, “Deportations start!”
Two separate bills in both houses of Congress are presently being debated, but they are different appropriations bills to deal with immigration costs. They’d have to be reconciled between the two houses, which doesn’t seem likely before the July 4 recess — and with neither of the two bills containing any provisions dealing with asylum rules changes, it’s unlikely a compromise bill between the two chambers would appease Trump’s demands.
The initial raids were set to target 2,000 families in 10 American cities, the Washington Post reported, including Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles, among others.
Pelosi expressed anger at the president’s planned raids, describing them as being inhumane.
“I mean it’s so appalling. It’s outside the circle of civilized human behavior, to just be kicking down doors, splitting up families and the rest of that,” Pelosi said.
The proposed raids have been divisive, to say the least, even within the Trump White House itself. Earlier this year, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, along with acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Ronald Vitiello, resigned from their positions, reportedly forced out due to their opposition to the proposed raids, Splinter News reported.