Dreamers Protest Pelosi Over Trump Deal: 'We Are Not Your Bargaining Chip'

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi got an earful on Monday after protesters in San Francisco angrily confronted her for striking a tentative deal with President Trump over a program to extend legal protections to young undocumented immigrants.

Pelosi, standing alongside Reps.

They appeared upset that Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have been negotiating with Trump in order to pass a law that will grant amnesty to people who were brought to the US illegally as children. Barbara Lee and Jared Huffman, was expected to call for the immediate passage of the Dream Act, a federal proposal that was never approved by Congress but offered numerous same protections as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Mr. Trump has urged Congress to replace the policy with official legislation and met with Mrs. Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer to discuss the bill.

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She had begun her speech, calling dreamers courageous. "We want that to be the basis of how we go forward", she said. "We undocumented youth will not be a bargaining chip for Trump", the agitators shouted, according to CBS San Francisco. At that point the demonstrators started shouting above her. VIDEO: TIMELINE: What led to Pres. Trump's decision to end DACAEventually Pelosi said if they weren't going to listen she was going to walk out and she did that with fellow Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Jared Huffman.

Pelosi then tried to bring the press conference back to regular order, telling the protesters that it is "beautiful to our ears" to hear their opinion.

The protest went on for almost 30 minutes before the news conference was cancelled.

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