House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is encouraging voters to throw their support behind Democrats in November’s midterm elections to give illegal immigrants -- not U.S. citizens -- “leverage.”
“We believe that we will have leverage when we win in November,” said Pelosi during a press conference in El Paso, Texas. “And why that's important? Because it gives leverage to every family, to every mom who courageously brought her child across the desert to escape, to escape death, rape, gang violence and the rest.”
She continued, “Because it gives hope, because of the leverage it gives to families who may have followed – dad may have gone home for a family funeral and now can’t come into the country. All of those injustices have to be corrected.”
Pelosi went on to say that the time has come for immigration reform as “inevitable for America.”
Her call to action rings hollow as “Dreamers” or illegal immigrants participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remain in limbo after Democrats shot down several proposals to protect them from deportation.
Check out video of her remarks below.