The group pressed the president to loosen policies that separate immigrant families.
“I think race has something to do with the fact that (House Republicans) are not bringing up an immigration bill,” Pelosi said on Thursday.
The Wall Street phenomenon was exposed during a recent ’60 Minutes’ episode.
68 percent of respondents said that they supported undocumented immigrants staying in the United States, with only 29 percent saying they should leave.
The petition follows similar Democratic efforts in the House to force a vote on both the minimum wage hike and the emergency extension of unemployment benefits earlier this year.
“It’s crystal clear where the issue of immigration reforms headed,” Schumer said.
The president and the top Republican in Congress both support the concept of legalizing millions of immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the deportations make him “indignant.”
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who joined Schumer on “Meet the Press” Sunday, said that he could envision a scenario where the proposal could gain some traction.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Republican framework “contains a lot to work with.”