House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was confronted by pro-immigration protesters in her hometown of San Francisco Monday morning. At an event featuring fellow California Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee and Jared Huffman, Pelosi called on Congress to immediately pass a new version of the DREAM Act.
About 40 people who identified themselves as "undocumented youth" demanded faster action, telling Pelosi that they "are not your bargaining chip for Donald Trump."
"Democrats are not the resistance of Trump. We are!" they shouted. "First you said you supported a clean Dream Act. And last week you announced that you had agreed and I quote you, 'To work out a package of border security.' Your words. Or were you misquoted? We cannot say, however, that we are surprised."
“Do you want answers?” Pelosi tried to respond, with no result.
"Hey! Stop it!" she continued to yell at them. "Just stop it! Just stop it now! Just stop it now! Just stop it now! Stop it!"
"Yes or No?" they chanted back at her as she asked: "To what?"
They responded: "This is our democracy. We did not vote for you, or for any politician. We don't owe you nothing. This is what democracy looks like."
The confrontation reportedly continued for more than 30 minutes, until Pelosi was chased from her own event:
Pelosi chased out of her own press conference pic.twitter.com/Afqnzu9woM— Evan Sernoffsky (@EvanSernoffsky) September 18, 2017
The Washington Post reports that after she exited the building, Pelosi said the protesters were "completely wrong" to blame Democrats like her for the government's failure to pass immigration reform.
"The Democrats are the ones who stopped their assault on sanctuary cities, stopped the wall, the increased deportations in our last bill that was at the end of April, and we are determined to get Republican votes to pass the clean DREAM Act," she said. "Is it possible to pass a bill without some border security? Well, we’ll have to see. We didn’t agree to anything in that regard, except to listen and something that deals with technology or something like that – but nothing like a wall."
"I wish they would channel some of that energy into the Republican districts so we can pass the Dream Act," Pelosi added.
Below, see a replay of the full event courtesy of Fox-5 DC: