President Trump is close to scrapping Obama’s amnesty for Dreamers, but they’ve found a new ally in Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. Is it any wonder why his approval numbers are in the toilet?
Ryan asks Trump to hold off on scrapping DACA
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday gave a major boost to legislative efforts to preserve protections for young undocumented immigrants — and urged President Donald Trump to not tear up the program.
Trump told reporters Friday he was still mulling the decision.
Responding to a question about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on his hometown radio station WCLO in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan said Congress was working on a legislative fix to preserve the program.
“I actually don’t think he should do that,” Ryan said of Trump’s consideration of terminating the program. “I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix.”
Ryan’s statement offers the most public support by anyone in the Republican congressional leadership for some sort of legislation to protect the “Dreamers” under DACA.
The popular Obama administration program — which gives protections from deportation to undocumented immigrants that were brought to the US as children to work or study — has long been targeted by Republicans as an overreach of executive authority.
As Ann Coulter recently pointed out on Twitter, this is a big change for Ryan:
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) September 1, 2017
What changed, Mr. Speaker?