Activists protest Pelosi at news conference on DREAM Act

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They also called for Pelosi and her colleagues to work to pass legislation protecting not just Dreamers who stand to benefit from DACA, but all undocumented immigrants now living in the United States. Before activists interrupted her, Pelosi said any deal entered into by the Democrats should include an avenue for immigrants brought to the US before turning 16 to stay permanently, ideally through a path to citizenship.

"You don't know what you're talking about", Pelosi told the group.

She had just recounted to the crowd details of a dinner meeting last week with Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) where they discussed crafting an agreement that would couple the Dream Act with unspecified plans to bolster security along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Aides of Pelosi's told The Washington Post that the protesters were from the progressive group RISE, volunteer caregiving group Faith In Action and immigrant rights organization California Youth Immigrant Justice Alliance. Former President Barack Obama created DACA via executive action in June 2012, and President Donald Trump ended the program on September 5, passing the buck to Congress to "legalize" the program.

"We are not a bargaining chip!" the protesters chanted.

Asked whether the protesters she faced were emblematic of wider Democratic Party concerns about her discussions with Trump, Pelosi said that from a political standpoint, she has no choice.

"Democrats created an out-of-control deportation machine", the protesters yelled. Many of Trump's most passionate supporters revolted after a report claimed the administration had struck a deal with Democrats that would make DACA the law of the land. But the shouting did not stop.

"I am asserting that our base - our rank-and-file base - and a lot of us in the caucus, want to see. or hear, periodically, that parameters are being set", Connolly said regarding the newly forged relationship between Trump and the congressional Democrats.

"First you said you supported a clean Dream Act", they said.

Pelosi told The Associated Press last Friday in an interview that she and Schumer are looking for ways to "build some trust and confidence" with Trump.

Pelosi has been working toward a deal with Trump that would ensure the thousands of DACA recipients would remain in the country. She says it does not matter whether or not she and Trump like each other.

Legal experts have said court challenges to Trump's decision could face an uphill battle because in the U.S. presidential system, the president typically has wide authority in implementing immigration policy.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges the move violated the constitutional rights of immigrants who lack legal status and provided information about themselves to the USA government so they could participate in the program.

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