'No agreement' on DACA between Trump and Democrats, says Paul Ryan

'No agreement' on DACA between Trump and Democrats, says Paul Ryan

Trump announced last week that he was ending DACA and giving Congress until March to come up with a legislative solution to address protections for the 800,000 or so participants in the program.

During his presidential campaign and since, Trump has repeatedly promised to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

House Speaker Paul Ryan declined Wednesday to say the evolving Republican tax cut plan won't add to the nation's already mammoth budget deficits.

"There is no agreement", Ryan told reporters when asked about the Republican president's discussions on Wednesday night with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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 USA illegally, and particularly those often referred to as "Dreamers".

Trump is scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss tax reform with members of the House "Problem Solving Caucus", a bipartisan group of moderates.

For their part, immigrant advocates and Latino lawmakers reacted cautiously, with several saying that any celebration would be premature. He spoke at a rally by civil-rights groups. "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".

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But some immigration advocates in the Senate cheered him on. He is not the president of 15 percent of the population.

"Move fast Congress!" the President said on Twitter. But many Democrats oppose lowering the cap on annual legal immigration. "And if he could bring Democrats and Republicans together to find a place for these kids to stay in the country they know, and secure our border, that would be a giant step forward".

"I think he ought to do the right thing, and the right thing is to protect these DACA kids", he said.

Schumer, too, has relished the deal-making; he was caught on a live microphone on the Senate floor Thursday gleefully telling McConnell, "He likes us!"

Associated Press writers Catherine Lucey, Jonathan Lemire, Kevin Freking, Andrew Taylor, Alan Fram and Matthew Daly contributed.

Ryan, R-Wis., said the GOP's goal is to enact tax overhaul into law by the end of this year, not simply push it through the heavily Republican House, "so that we start 2018 in a new tax system".

A map showing DACA recipients across the U.S.

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