Departing House Speaker Paul Ryan said that amnesty for recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will not be in the spending bill for fiscal year 2019 thta is expected at year-end. Ryan said that a federal court ruling that halted the Trump Administration's effort to end DACA -- which allows hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who entered the country as minors to have their deportation delayed -- removed the deadline that had previously served as a motivation for Congress to determine a legislative solution.
Speaker Ryan -- who is not running for re-election to his seat in Wisconsin -- said that once the deadline was removed, Democrats then refused all bipartisan efforts with Republicans to resolve the issue.
"When we lost our deadline, Democrats walked away from the table," Ryan said. "I think this issue is probably going to be dealt with by the courts." Ryan said that amnesty for DACA recipients must include White House guidlines for immigration reform, including an end to "chain migration" -- the process by which legal immigrants can petition for the entry of their relatives from their home countries, an end to 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 ...," Ryan said. "And I don't want to use an artificial deadline like the end of the fiscal year."
His statement came after the GOP House caucus voted down two immigration bills in June: H.R. 4760, the Securing America's Future Act, and H.R. 6136, the Goodlatte-Ryan-Denham amnesty plan.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.