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'You're scaring the children of America'

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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2019 4:16 pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reiterated a message for President Trump as she spoke at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst on Monday morning: “You’re scaring the children of America, not just in those families but their neighbors and their communities.”

Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) hosted a conversation on immigration as part of her “Speaker in the House” series.

Pelosi also denounced the planned raids by ICE agents, which Trump called off.

“It was so appalling,” she said. “It’s outside the circle of civilized human behavior to just be kicking down doors, splitting up families and the rest of that in addition to the injustices that are happening at the border.”

Meng said there was “tremendous panic” in the immigrant community after the raids, which would have targeted people with deportation orders in several cities, including New York, were announced.

Meng praised Pelosi, saying, “She is always reminding our caucus and Congress to speak up, to stand up and to fight for the most vulnerable among us here in our communities.”

Earlier in the month, the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act, which would allow millions of temporary protected status and deferred enforced departure recipients to stay in the country.

“A violation of status is not a reason for deportation,” Pelosi said. “That’s just not so.”

She also quoted former President Ronald Reagan on Monday.

“The constant reinvigoration of America are our newcomers to our country,” she said. “Ronald Reagan said that. Ronald Reagan said that. He said the vital force for America is preeminence in the world is having a new generation of newcomers that comes to America. And when America fails to recognize that, America will fail to be preeminent in the world. We cannot close the door.”

Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, also spoke at the event.

“As long as there is Donald Trump in the White House and as long as his party has a majority in the Senate we’re going to continue to see these kinds of attacks and assaults on our immigrant communities,” he said.

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