US House Speaker Ryan: Deporting Young Immigrants Not in Nation's Interest

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

GOP leaders made that "revenue neutral" promise in a campaign manifesto previous year and many times since. The announcement is part of a GOP leadership effort to create momentum and excitement for an eventual tax overhaul and assuage skeptical conservatives who have grown frustrated that details of the plan remain closely guarded by leaders.

Prior to becoming House speaker, Ryan had a long record of pushing for immigration reform, including supporting a path to eventual citizenship for all 11 million immigrants estimated to be living in the US illegally, and particularly those often referred to as "Dreamers". He declared that removing them all is "not in our nation's interest".

After months of disarray and confusion at the White House, Ryan said its operations have been getting better lately.

The meeting will come a day after President Donald Trump's top legislative affairs aide signaled that the White House may back off its calls to pair funding for border wall construction with a dreamers relief bill, signaling that the emotionally charged issue may prove easier to resolve than initially thought.

He would not say if improvements are due to changes such as John Kelly's recent appointment as chief of staff or the departure of divisive former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Ryan also notes that the pace of lawmaking can prove frustrating for the businessman-turned-president.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with Democratic leadership and representatives from groups such as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus and Asian-Pacific Caucus on Wednesday evening in the Capitol, multiple sources familiar confirmed.

President Donald Trump says he'd still like to see the corporate tax rate reduced to 15 percent as he tries to sell lawmakers on his broad tax reform goals.

But Ryan rejected that approach, telling the AP, "It's not just narrow cuts in taxes that will do the job".

"I don't want to prejudge where the negotiations will go, but certainly this is a bigger debate than just DACA and a border wall, and it's a debate that we should have been having for years", Meadows said.

The Wisconsin Republican said President Trump was right to phase out the program, which helped young immigrants living in the U.S. who were brought into the country as children.

But Labrador also told reporters that he wants to hold off on any DACA fix until the immigration system is reformed more broadly, and that Trump needs to stick to the six-month deadline to sunset the program regardless of whether members of Congress can reach a deal on a problem that has eluded them for more than a decade in that time frame. "We did a face plant on that exact logic", Brat said.

The Obama-era program extended temporary work permits and deportation protection to almost 800,000 younger immigrants brought to this country illegally as minors.

Later in the morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left open the possibility that the tax plan would cut government revenue - adding to the government's budget deficit but potentially averting the need to make tough choices that could leave the legislation tangled in a political thicket.

In an AP Newsmakers interview on Wednesday, the Wisconsin Republican sidestepped a question on whether Republicans would ensure their still-evolving measure wouldn't boost budget shortfalls.

A Democratic senator says President Donald Trump stressed to a group of senators at the White House that his tax overhaul wouldn't mean tax cuts for the rich. The only wealthy Americans who would see their taxes remain flat would be those living in states such as NY and California, Mnuchin said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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