By: Steve Dellar | 02-15-2018 | News
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DACA - GOP To See Where Ryan Stands

In the midst of a terrible tragedy (Florida), political America is still moving forward with a plan for immigration. Whereas the White House knows very well it has an ally with Mr McConnell in the Senate, the real question for the GOP is where Mr Paul Ryan’s allegiance lies in the House.

Speaker Paul Ryan knows that he faces a conservative backlash if he makes the wrong step and does not back the DACA solution as proposed by Senator Chuck Grassley. It was clear from President Trump’s statement yesterday that he wants both the House and the Senate to back this, when he explained: "I am asking all senators, in both parties, to support the Grassley bill and to oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill these four pillars that include opposing any short-term 'Band-Aid' approach."

Meanwhile the Wisconsin Republican is under ever stronger pressure from the right side of his own House majority to also present a similar solution for the House floor, but most admit that some of the solutions presented in the Grassley draft are more than what they think Mr Ryan would back, being himself more centre-right.

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Chairman Mark Meadows explained that if Mr Ryan does not back the right wing of the GOP on this then “there are certainly new conversations that would involve new leadership.”

“I can say that it is a defining moment for this speaker: If he gets it wrong, it will have consequences for him, but it will also have consequences for the rest of the Republican Party,”

Of course, everyone know that behind closed doors the GOP leaders are themselves divided on the DACA matter.

Mr Ryan, when questioned by reporters, answered: "We've got to solve this problem."

"We want to solve DACA. But we also want to solve DACA in a comprehensive way so we don't have a DACA problem in five years, right?"

"The president did a very good job of putting a sincere offer on the table. And that sincere offer that he put on the table should be the framework through which we come together to find a solution."


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