'You're scaring the children': Pelosi reveals what she told Trump before he delayed ICE raids

Nicholas Wu

WASHINGTON – On Monday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed what she told Trump in a plea to delay the ICE raids that would have targeted over 2,000 family members across the United States. 

Speaking at a New York event on immigration hosted by Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., in video posted by CNN, Pelosi said she told Trump, "When I spoke to the President, I said 'Look, I'm a mom, I have five kids, seven, nine grandchildren and children are scared."

"You're scaring the children of America, not just in those families but their neighbors and their communities. You're scaring the children," Pelosi continued.

ICE raids delayed: Trump delays nationwide ICE raids to deport undocumented immigrants, allows Congress two weeks on deal

CNN reported last Friday night that Pelosi had called Trump to call off the raids, which had originally been planned to target immigrants in 10 major cities beginning Sunday. On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted to announce that the raids, would be delayed to give Congress time to negotiate a deal on immigration. 

"At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border," he wrote on Twitter. "If not, Deportations start!"

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