Pelosi to Trump: 'You're scaring the children of America'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance McCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that she warned President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE in a phone call that his threat of nationwide raids to deport undocumented immigrants were "scaring the children" before the plans were ultimately delayed.

Pelosi and Trump spoke by phone Friday evening, during which she urged him to call off the planned raids in immigrant communities in 10 major cities beginning on Sunday. Trump later announced on Saturday that he would delay the deportations for two weeks to see if lawmakers can reach an agreement on changes to asylum policies. 


"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 said at an event in New York to discuss immigration policy.

Pelosi said that Trump didn't reveal what he planned to do next, but argued that "people broke the law."

Pelosi said that she pressed her case to Trump for comprehensive immigration reform instead of mass deportations.

“I said, a violation of status is not a reason for deportation, that’s just not so,” Pelosi said she told Trump. “If you have some people who are guilty that you want to make a case against, that has nothing to do with violation of status, because then we’re talking about over 10 million people who may be subjected to this treatment, and what we need there is comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.”

Trump warned in a Saturday tweet that he'd resume plans for the raids if lawmakers can't make a deal on changes to asylum laws.

"If not, deportations start!" Trump tweeted.

CNN first reported on the call between Pelosi and Trump.

The House and Senate are expected to vote on competing plans this week to meet the Trump administration's request for $4.5 billion in funding to address the flow of migrants at the southern border. 

But given the differences between the two measures, it's unlikely that they will reach a bicameral agreement before both chambers leave on Thursday for the July 4 recess. 

Both bills would provide hundreds of millions of dollars for processing facilities as well as supplies for migrants. But the House measure includes more restrictions on how funds can be used, including conditions for the treatment of migrant children. 

And while the Senate bill would require members of Congress to give advance notification of two business days to visit facilities housing unaccompanied children, the House version wouldn't make lawmakers give notice ahead of time.