House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Monday that she told President Donald Trump that violating immigration status should not be sufficient reason to deport someone from the United States.
At a “Speaker in the House” event in New York, Pelosi described her phone call with Trump that led to his canceling plans for mass deportations.
“So when I spoke to the president, I said ‘Look, I’m a mom, I have five kids, …nine grandchildren, and children are scared,” Pelosi said, according to Mediaite. “‘You’re scaring the children of America. Not just those families, but their neighbors and their communities. You’re scaring the children.’”
She added, “I said a violation of status is not a reason for deportation, that’s just not so. If you have some case you want to make about somebody who’s been accused… that has nothing to do with violation of status, because then we’re talking about over 10 million people who may be subjected to this treatment, and what we need there is comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.”
The speaker went on to say, according to the Washington Free Beacon, “When I saw the president was going to have these raids, it’s so appalling, it’s outside the realm of civilized human behavior, just kicking down doors and splitting up families in addition to the injustices that are happening at the border. We have legislation to go forward to address those needs. But in terms of interior enforcement, what’s the point?”