Activists protest Pelosi at news conference on DREAM Act

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In a statement before the event, Pelosi said that "following the Trump Administration's reckless decision to end the DACA initiative, communities across the country have joined together to advocate for protections for patriotic and courageous Dreamers".

"You've had your say, and it's handsome", Pelosi told the demonstrators at one point.

It was the first major show of protest against Democratic leaders in Congress after they met with Trump last week and pressed for the Dream Act, a bill that would grant legal status to young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children. "We don't owe you nothing", the protesters shouted in unison. "Democrats created an out-of-control deportation machine and handed it over to Trump". Many of those so-called Dreamers are set to lose work permits and deportation protections after Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The Democrats say a deal has been reached, but the White House has denied it. DACA has been controversial since former President Barack Obama implemented the policy because of questions regarding its constitutionality.

"All of us or none of us", they said later.

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"Where was your resistance then?" the protesters said to Pelosi. Her official Facebook page had been live-streaming the event and her aides encouraged out-of-town reporters to watch it, but the feed cut out as the protesters persisted.

During the 2016 presidential election, Trump ran on a hardline immigration platform, promising to end DACA and build a wall on the border with Mexico to stop immigrants from entering and increase jobs for U.S. workers.

The protesters also called for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be shut down.

"Let me say this, because you've had your say, and it's lovely to our ears to hear you protecting your self dignity", Pelosi began.

Some of the protesters went as far to call Pelosi a "liar", NBC reported.

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