Pelosi: Trump Said He Would Sign the Dream Act

• September 7, 2017 12:46 pm


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said during her weekly press conference on Thursday that President Donald Trump would sign the Dream Act if Congress passed the legislation.

Pelosi explained that at her meeting the prior day at the White House with Trump and other congressional leaders, where they agreed to a short-term debt-ceiling extension, Trump said he would sign the Dream Act.

"We made it very clear in the course of the conversation that we would, the priority was to pass the Dream Act that we wanted to do, and obviously it has to be bipartisan," Pelosi said. "The president said he supports that, he would sign it. But, we have to get it passed."

Congress has attempted to pass the "Dream Act" several times in the past 16 years, and every attempt failed. The bill creates protections and a path to legalization for young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, who are referred to as dreamers. In 2012, the Obama administration instituted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shielded dreamers from deportation.

Last week, the Trump administration ended the DACA program, which caused Democrats and some Republicans to call for the passage of the Dream Act or some variation of it.

On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted at the request of Pelosi that dreamers have nothing to worry about for the next six months.

Pelosi said one of the Democratic Party's top legislative priorities is to pass the Dream Act.

"As Democratic leaders made it clear, in the strongest possible way, we believe the Dream Act must come to the floor and act as soon as possible," Pelosi said. "We will not rest until that is done."