In what appeared to be support for President Trump on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan told Dreamers to “rest easy.” His chamber is prepared to work with President Trump on a reform plan for the immigration process one day after Jeff Sessions announced the administration would begin phasing out the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
According to Ryan (R-Wis.), in his news conference with Republican House leaders, “We will not be advancing legislation that doesn’t have the support of President Trump because we are going to work with the president on how to do this legislation.”
Ryan elaborated further by saying, “I think people should rest easy, and I think the president made the right call and the president also gave us the time and space we’re going to need to find where that compromise is. This is a home that people know and they don’t know any other country as a home. I think there’s a serious humane issue here that needs to be dealt with, but it’s only fitting and reasonable that we also deal with some of the root causes of this problem because what we don’t want to have happen is another DACA problem 10 years from now. We want to make sure that we to fix this issue for these kids — for these young people — and address the root cause of the problem.”
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) voiced his displeasure by calling for a bill that would protect the 800,000 young illegal immigrants, saying that a bill must pass or his Party would attach it to any must-pass legislation this fall.
At a news conference with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other colleagues, Schumer said, “If a clean Dream Act does not come to the floor in September, we are prepared to attach it to other items this fall until it passes. There is no time to waste.
“If this order stands … hundreds of thousands of families will be ripped apart, tens of thousands of American businesses will lose hard-working employees.”
Trump’s White House gave Congress six months to fix the problem when, on Tuesday, it announced an end to the Obama-era policy that protects illegal immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation and gives them deferments to work and study in the US.
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