'No agreement' on DACA between Trump and Democrats, says Paul Ryan
Sep 17 2017 by Desiree Burns
House Speaker Paul Ryan declined to commit Wednesday to making tax code changes "revenue neutral", joining other Republicans in leaving the door open to raising the deficit as part of the reform effort.
"We moved our bill with the White House and the Senate then took months and months to work on another version and never got it passed, we don't want to repeat that again", said Ryan.
After winning the White House on a campaign that was harsh toward immigrants and revolved around the construction of a wall along the entire border with Mexico, Trump's sudden pivot infuriated some of his closest allies.
Despite talks with Democrats on tax legislation, opposition by virtually all of them seems likely, meaning GOP lawmakers will have to be united.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that "there will be a compromise" to protect the children of undocumented immigrants that would include funds for border security, just a day after Democratic leaders touted an agreement with President Donald Trump to do just that.
That would be the so-called U.S. -Mexico border wall Trump wants to build. "I think the president understands that he's going to have to work with the congressional majorities to get any kind of legislative solution".
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"As Congress debates the best ways to address illegal immigration through strong border security and interior enforcement, DACA should be part of those discussions".
But one person familiar with the meeting said the president had agreed not to the DREAM Act, but to narrower legislation that would make permanent the protections offered by President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He said the six months that Trump has given lawmakers for action is enough time as the program winds down.
He says deporting those covered by the program is "not in our nation's interest". Many immigrants have been consumed by worry since Trump announced last week that he was ending DACA, which has granted temporary work permits and deportation relief to hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought here as minors.
"Through bipartisan outreach efforts like this, President Trump is demonstrating his commitment to fulfilling his promises, and that includes producing tangible results on important issues like tax reform", the White House said in a statement, labeling the meeting "highly productive". "But at the same time, I think it's only reasonable - it makes ideal common sense - that we deal with the problem that was the root cause of this, which is we do not have operational control of our borders", he said, adding: "This is a broken system that needs to be fixed".
Kelly has been credited with instilling more order in the West Wing.