Speaker of the House Paul Ryan think that the proposed bipartisan deal that is being discussed to protect DACA immigrants will be hard for Democrats to swallow. He said that those who are deeply opposed to Tump will need to “stomach” a Trump win on Immigration.
A compromise to shield immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation would be a significant win for Democratic leaders, who remain frustrated in the minority, as well as Trump, who is still in search of a major legislative accomplishment since his inauguration eight months ago.
Paul Ryan said, “They’ll have to stomach the fact that yes, this president will be successful in doing something that hasn’t been done for years, which is advancing some immigration reform, advancing security, advancing enforcement and advancing a law that fixes the [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] problem so these kids don’t get kicked out.”
He continued, “That would be victory for this president. And that would be, if you’re a politician and you’re partisan and you don’t want to see him be successful, that will be a tough pill to swallow.”
Immigration reform has indeed for decades eluded presidents seeking a long-term solution from Congress. The House under then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) passed the DREAM Act in 2010 to grant legal status to people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But it failed in the Senate, which was also controlled by Democrats at the time.
The inability to advance immigration legislation led former President Obama to establish the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, which the Trump administration is phasing out over the next six months.
Trump met with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) this week to discuss a path forward on replacing DACA.
Pelosi and Schumer released a joint statement after the dinner saying they agreed to work toward a deal that includes border security measures — but not anything that could be construed as building Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Trump said Thursday that “the wall will come later,” but emphasized any deal would include “massive border security” measures.
“We’re working on a plan for DACA. People want to see that happen. You have 800,000 young people, brought here, no fault of their own,” Trump said. “And I think something can happen, we’ll see what happens, but something will happen.”
While Paul Ryan was not present at the dinner with the Democratic leaders, he has stressed that it was nothing, “just a discussion.”