House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, and U.S. Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui, on her right, said at Sacramento State University that she believes "we have an agreement with the President to support a clean, Dream Act". Chuck Schumer of NY, the minority leader in the Senate, said they met with the president to hash out a deal to help the approximately 800,000 youth who have benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
This season, tune in as Democratic congressional leaders - who have a lot of time on their hands because they're not busy coming up with a message to win back disaffected voters who abandoned their party - teach President Trump the illusion of the deal.
Pelosi emphasized that she and her colleagues were urging illegal immigrants to apply but don't want the fee "to be an obstacle to their signing up", saying they've offered applicants both financial and legal resources.
At one juncture, the apparent leader of the group seemed to suggest that the fate of all 11 million estimated illegal immigrants in the United States must be addressed.
"We demand accountability. Democrats are not the resistance of Trump". At 9:55 p.m. September 13, the news agency tweeted: "BREAKING: Schumer, Pelosi announce deal with Trump to protect young immigrants; will include border security, but no wall".
In exchange, Trump wants more money to fund greater security measures along the southern border.
Anti-immigration Republican Congressman Steve King responded furiously, saying such a deal would mean the "Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond fix".
In response to the Pelosi statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that "DACA and border security were discussed", but "excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to".
Because for them, the Trump presidency is not about fulfilling lifelong dreams of enacting conservative policy ideas (sorry Freedom Caucus).
The group cut off the "Dreamers" scheduled to speak along with Pelosi.
"Let me say this, because you've had your say, and it's attractive to our ears to hear you're protecting yourselves..." she said before being shouted down.
The protesters demanded "a clean bill" - meaning that the Dream Act would get an up-or-down vote on its own without any language regarding border security attached.
There are four other lawsuits filed against Trump over DACA. Even the nativist writer Ann Coulter, a stalwart Trumpista, appeared to call for his impeachment, while Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, insisted that any deal would destroy Trump's GOP base. "It's an honor to be here with Dreamers, who are advancing the American dream", she said.
A protester told a Channel 4 News reporter, "Democrats continue to only push for Dreamers, which is only about 800,000 of us". "I don't think there is a good immigrant and a bad immigrant", said Valeria Suarez, an undocumented youth.
Although Pelosi and other Democrats have shown nearly nothing but support for DACA recipients - and illegal immigrants in general, for that matter - the group of immigrants who harangued her Tuesday and called her a "liar" couldn't have cared less.