During her Thursday press briefing, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said twice the president indicated he would sign the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, effectively granting amnesty to immigrants who arrived in the United States as undocumented children.
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“We made it very clear in the course of the conversation that we would — the priority was to pass the DREAM Act. The president said he supports that, that he would sign it,” Pelosi told reporters. She was referencing a Wednesday meeting between Congressional leaders and President Donald Trump who, as a result, agreed to a deal to extend the debt limit to mid-December.
Pelosi's revelation shed new light on the future of potentially gridlocked negotiations between Congressional Democrats and Republicans regarding the debt ceiling. On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) indicated he might try to force a vote on the DREAM Act by tying it to debt ceiling legislation.
In response to a reporter's question, Pelosi again confirmed Trump indicated he would sign the DREAM Act.
The DREAM Act would replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, something Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the administration would eventually end, in granting legal status to certain immigrants.
Some of Trump's base, who already disapproved of the administration's decision to delay DACA's repeal, will likely oppose the president approving legislation that Congress rejected under former President Barack Obama.
Watch Pelosi's comments below, via CNN.