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Paul Ryan won't commit to a revenue-neutral tax plan

17 September 2017, 05:00 | Erica Roy

Paul Ryan won't commit to a revenue-neutral tax plan

Paul Ryan won't commit to a revenue-neutral tax plan

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.

A ton of criticism came from the right for the president because this was a key campaign promise - he talked about how tall the wall would be, how attractive it would be, and now he's backing away from it and also enshrining something that President Barack Obama did into law if this comes to fruition.

"But very importantly, what we want: We have to have a wall", Trump said.

"You can not fix DACA without fixing the root cause of our problem: We do not have control of our borders, so we need border security and enforcement as part of any agreement", Ryan said, adding that even some Democrats agree.

After Wednesday's meeting, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released a joint statement saying, "We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides".

"We agreed it would be the DREAM Act", Schumer told reporters, referring to a bipartisan bill that would allow immigrants brought here as children and now in the USA illegally to work their way to citizenship in as little as five years if they meet certain requirements.

But finding out how that Wednesday night meeting went depends on whom you ask.

There's been a lot of talk of "is the president denying that there's a deal?"

"Move fast Congress!" the President said on Twitter.

On another major topic, Ryan said that immigration legislation Congress will be working on "will have to include security measures".

For his part, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement Thursday that he, too, had spoken with the president about DACA.

In New York, Martin Batalla Vidal, who came to the USA with his parents when he was 7, said he's taken college classes, does "meaningful" nursing home work and pays taxes. But many Democrats oppose lowering the cap on annual legal immigration.

Information for this article was contributed by Erica Werner, Jill Colvin, Jonathan Lemire, Kevin Freking, Andrew Taylor, Alan Fram and Matthew Daly of The Associated Press; by Elise Viebeck, Ed O'Keefe, Mike DeBonis, Paul Kane, Kelsey Snell, Robert Costa and Karoun Demirjian of The Washington Post; and by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Yamiche Alcindor of The New York Times.

A map showing DACA recipients across the U.S.

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