Paul Ryan Says Trump Should Not End Protections For Dreamers

The House speaker has tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program through Congress.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Friday that President Donald Trump should not terminate a program protecting young undocumented immigrants who come to the U.S. as children, even though he and other Republicans have repeatedly tried to end it in Congress.

“I actually don’t think he should do that,” Ryan said concerning reports that Trump will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which could be killed as early as Friday. “I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday afternoon that Trump will announce a decision on DACA, which has allowed nearly 800,000 so-called “Dreamers” to receive two-year work permits and deportation reprieve, on Tuesday. Attorneys general from 10 states threatened the president with legal action if he doesn’t terminate the program by Sept. 5, and there were reports on Thursday and Friday that he plans to do so, although the White House has said it is still under review. 

Ryan is a longtime opponent of DACA. He said on Friday that President Barack Obama, who created the program in 2012, “did not have the legislative authority to do what he did” and that presidents cannot “write law out of thin air.”

“Having said all of that, there are people in limbo,” Ryan added. “These are kids that know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home, and so I really do believe there needs to be a legislative solution, that’s one that we’re working on.”

Trump vowed during his presidential campaign to end DACA, which he, like Ryan and other Republicans, has said is unconstitutional. If he followed through, current recipients would be unable to work legally and would be at risk of deportation. Although the Trump administration has said its focus is deporting criminals, it routinely detains other undocumented immigrants it encounters as well ― Dreamers among them. 

Ending the program would also put intense pressure on Republicans in Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers, which many of them have opposed in the past. Along with attempting to end DACA, Ryan voted in 2010 against the Dream Act, which would give a path to citizenship to Dreamers, and declined to hold a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. He, like Trump, has also stated general support for Dreamers and allowing them to remain in the country.

Other Republicans have also voiced support for maintaining DACA as Trump weighs ending the program. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), an original sponsor of the Dream Act in 2001 who opposed it in 2010, issued a statement on Friday saying he had urged Trump not to terminate DACA and would work on legislation to help Dreamers. 

Other Republicans have already backed legislation to give protections to Dreamers. Three Senate Republicans ― Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) ― are co-sponsors of the 2017 iteration of the Dream Act, which was also introduced in the House with support from two Republicans, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.). 

Groups of Republicans have also pushed for the Bridge Act, which would be a stopgap measure to temporarily extend Dreamers’ protections until a longer-term solution could be reached. Coffman said Thursday that he would attempt to force a vote on the bill. 

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) recently introduced the Recognizing America’s Children, or RAC Act, which would create a path to citizenship to Dreamers but with more restrictions than the Dream Act. He has 18 co-sponsors, all of them Republicans, including Coffman and Ros-Lehtinen. 

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) reportedly plans to introduce a similar bill to the RAC Act. 

Republicans have previously said any legal status for undocumented immigrants must be coupled with other measures, such as increased border security and interior enforcement. Top White House officials reportedly were considering pushing for a deal that would give protections to Dreamers in exchange for border wall funding, slashing legal immigration and putting more requirements on employers to check immigration status of hires. 

Democrats have agreed in the past to tie enforcement and border security measures to legal status for undocumented immigrants, as they did in the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill. But they will only go so far. Leading Democrats immediately shot down the reported deal under consideration by White House officials, saying Dreamers should not be used as a bargaining chip.  




Charlottesville Violence: Governor McAuliffe calls on Trump to aid unity

Virginia's governor said he told President Donald Trump to help the effort to stop hate speech in the United States after deadly violence swept a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

"My m is this hatred, bigotry language has got to stop. ... There's no place for it in this country, and we have got to work together as I told the president yesterday twice," Gov. Terry McAuliffe told NBC News' Tom Costello in an exclusive interview on Sunday. "This language, this rhetoric, this hatred has got to stop."

Asked whether he believed some of Trump's own rhetoric was partly to blame, McAuliffe said hatred and rhetoric had "hit an all-time high."

"It's got to stop, and they've got to stop this rhetoric. They've got to stop the attacks on individuals. We've got to work together," he said. "It's the only way we can succeed as a nation today."

McAuliffe issued similar remarks on Saturday, saying he told Trump: "I'd be willing to work with you if we can work together to bring people together. But stop the hate speech, stop the rhetoric in this country."

McAuliffe's remarks come after white nationalist marchers clashed with counter-protesters and a car plowed into a group described as anti-racist demonstrators, killing one and injuring 19 others.Two Virginia state troopers also died Saturday when the helicopter they were in crashed near the rally.

McAuliffe said Sunday that he was "personally" close to the troopers.

"One flew me for 3½ years, and the other was part of my executive protection unit. Going over to that family yesterday and seeing those two young children breaks your heart," he said.



Kamala Harris Slams Donald Trump's 'Many Sides' Rhetoric On Charlottesville$largeimg11_Friday_2016_141743677.jpg

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) criticized President Donald Trump’s refusal to directly condemn the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, instead choosing to blame “many sides.”

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides ― on many sides,” Trump said Saturday. 

Harris, however, doesn’t agree.

“And as the country grappled with this tragedy, we were told that ‘many sides’ should be condemned. Many sides,” Harris said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “I often advocate that we look at many sides of an issue, walk in someone else’s shoes and identify and reject false choices. But there are not ‘many sides’ to this.”

Harris went on to describe moments in history where rhetoric similar to Trump’s kept schools and restaurants segregated.

“‘Many sides’ suggests that there is no right side or wrong side, that all are morally equal. But I reject that,” Harris wrote. “It’s not hard to spot the wrong side here. They’re the ones with the torches and the swastikas.”

The White House attempted to clarify the president’s remarks on Sunday morning, but those comments didn’t come from Trump.

“The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred. Of course, that includes white supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together,” the statement, attributed to a spokesperson, read.

Trump’s seeming inability to directly condemn the violence perpetuated by white supremacists in Virginia has resulted in widespread outrage across the country. His unwillingness to disavow white supremacy is also at odds with a growing number of officials, including members of the Trump administration, who have spoken out against the hateful acts.

But Harris remains optimistic.

“There is hope to be found. The truth is that the vast majority of Americans are good, fair and just and they want their country to reflect those ideals,” she wrote. “And the fact that yesterday’s explicit hate was met with near-universal condemnation affirms my belief in our capacity to overcome evil.”


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