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Dreamers shout down Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, said she understands the fears of young immigrants after they shouted her down Monday at an event where she planned to drum up support for legislation that would grant legal status to immigrants like them.

"We're in this fight to win for the dreamers, when it's easier and when it's harder," she told reporters later after a similar — but quieter — event in Sacramento.

"Dreamers" is a nickname used for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children or by parents who overstayed visas.

"I understand the fear that they have," Pelosi said.

Dozens of protesters marched into her event in San Francisco, her hometown, showing their displeasure over her recent meetings with President Donald Trump over the program that protects young immigrants from deportation. The protesters called for reform that gives legal status to all immigrants in the country, not just young people.

"Democrats created an out-of-control deportation machine," the protesters yelled. "Democrats are not the resistance to Trump."

After smiling and occasionally trying to speak through much of the protest, an aggravated Pelosi told the protesters to "just stop it now," shortly before she was led out of the room.

Last week, Pelosi and Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer met with Trump twice and discussed a deal to provide legal status to young immigrants. Trump said in early September he will halt the program if Congress does not act to continue it.



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