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Pelosi rejects DHS request for authority to deport migrant children to home countries
'Democrats reject any effort to let the administration deport little children,' speaker says

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says House Democrats will not grant the Department of Homeland Security's request to pass legislation giving the department authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children from Central America. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that House Democrats are rejecting the Department of Homeland Security’s request to pass legislation authorizing the department to send all unaccompanied children who try to cross the border back to their home countries. 

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sent a letter to Congress Thursday asking lawmakers to pass legislation providing additional financial resources and legal authority for the department to manage the migrant crisis at the border. 

Pelosi says she is done reacting to Trump, ready to focus on legislating

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she wants to focus on legislating, not just reacting to the president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is tired of reacting to President Donald Trump’s mischaracterizations and that she has too much else on her plate to weigh in on the political mess in Virginia. Put simply, the California Democrat is ready to get down to legislative business.

Opening her weekly press conference Thursday, Pelosi spent several minutes talking about the various committee hearings House Democrats have begun holding on a range of priority issues like health care costs, infrastructure, campaign finance and climate change. 

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