On Thursday, a group of 14 House Republicans held a news conference urging Speaker Ryan to pass an amnesty for DACA recipients. The group wants immediate action instead of waiting closer to the March deadline set by Pres. Trump.
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) said the remarks during the news conference were to encourage Ryan and "maybe put a little pressure on him as well to come forward with that solution that a majority of Republicans can support."
Newhouse stopped short of demanding the amnesty be placed in the year end spending bill as Democrats have suggested but he added that, "if in order to be successful in this issue that is an option that is open to us, I think a lot of people would probably be open to that."
Pres. Trump and Republican senators agreed last week to not include the amnesty in the omnibus and Speaker Ryan said that they should handle the DACA issue, "separately, on its own merits."
Speaker Ryan immediately responded to the news conference by saying that "active discussions are underway with members" about the DACA issue. He cautioned about moving too fast saying, "I don't think we should put artificial deadlines inside the one we already have."
The 14 members of the press conference include: Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), Susan Brooks (R-In.), Ryan Costello (R-Pa.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), John Faso (R-N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), and Fred Upton (R-Mich.).
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Updated: Fri, Nov 24th 2017 @ 10:45am EST