House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that an amnesty for DACA recipients would not be included in the year-end spending bill for fiscal year 2019. He explained that a federal court’s ruling, which halted the Trump Administration’s effort to end the DACA amnesty program, removed the deadline that had previously served as a motivation for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to find a legislative solution.
Speaker Ryan said that after the deadline was removed, Democrats abandoned any effort to work with Republicans to resolve the issue.
“When we lost our deadline, Democrats walked away from the table,” Speaker Ryan said. “I think this issue is probably going to be dealt with by the courts.”
He added that any DACA Amnesty deal must include the pillars of White House immigration framework, which called for ending chain migration, eliminating the Visa Lottery, and providing citizenship to 1.8 million illegal aliens in exchange for $25 billion in wall funding.
“I think the four pillars are the way we land …
“And I don’t want to use an artificial deadline like the end of the fiscal year.”
Speaker Ryan’s statement comes after House Republicans voted down two immigration bills last month – H.R. 4760, the Securing America’s Future Act, and H.R. 6136, the Goodlatte-Ryan-Denham amnesty plan.
For more on this story, see the Washington Examiner.
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