More than four dozen immigration activists upset with Democrats for negotiating with President Trump shouted down House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a San Francisco news conference Monday.
"We are not your bargaining chip," the crowd chanted at one point, according to KCBS News political reporter Doug Sovern.
San Francisco Chronicle reporter Evan Sernoffsky said on Twitter that some in the group were yelling, "All of us or none of us." Other reporters said the group chanted, "Shut down ICE."
Pelosi held the news conference to advocate for speedy passage of a legislative fix to the legal status of hundreds of thousands of people brought to the country illegally as children.
Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York met with Trump last week after he announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Obama-era program deferred deportation for some people brought to the country illegally as children.
Pelosi and Schumer said their discussion with the president included the possibility of adding more immigration enforcement — which some immigration advocates are against — to legislation to address DACA.
At the news conference, Pelosi first made remarks and introduced an immigrant in the country illegally, at which point the shouting began, according to a Pelosi aide. The group surrounded Pelosi, with some gesturing close to her face. She attempted to calm the crowd for about half an hour before leaving the news conference. The aide said the group was made up of local DACA beneficiaries.
"We need to have a conversation, but that was completely one-sided; they don’t want any answers," Pelosi told reporters afterward, according to a transcript.
Pelosi said the activists should be focused on Republican members of Congress, not Democrats.
"I understand their frustration, I’m excited by it as a matter of fact, but the fact is they’re completely wrong. 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 Republicans votes to pass the clean Dream Act. 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," Pelosi said.
1:06 p.m. This post was updated with more details throughout and quotes from Pelosi.
This post was originally published at 12:12 p.m.