Speaker Ryan Says Deporting Illegal Children Not In America's Interest

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday he was confident President Donald Trump would push for conservative tax reform and that an outline of a plan to be presented next week reflects consensus between tax writers in Congress and the Trump administration.

Both Trump and the Democratic congressional leaders, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of IN, as well as Republican Sens.

The "Better Way" campaign manifesto Ryan released previous year stated that the GOP "envisions tax reform that is revenue neutral". The letter said the Democratic caucus would not support a tax overhaul that cuts taxes for the "top 1 percent" or adds to the government's $20 trillion debt.

In a radio interview, Ryan said "there's a sweet spot for this. a majority in Congress" to protect young immigrants while also bolstering border security.

"We want pro-growth tax reform that will get the economy growing, that will get people back to work, that will get middle income taxpayers a tax cut and that will put American businesses in a better competitive playing field", Ryan said. Ryan said a physical wall doesn't need to be constructed along the entire boundary, citing "circumstances on the ground that dictate how we do border security". Republicans say talks focused on making permanent the protections offered under Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly referred to as DACA.

Ryan said that removing the immigrants covered by the program is "not in our nation's interest".

The Obama-era program extended temporary work permits and deportation protection to almost 800,000 younger immigrants brought to this country illegally as minors.

Still, Ryan said partisan politics could complicate the issue. He said the White House is "learning what works and I think they are improving". He replaced the previous chief of staff, Reince Priebus, a Ryan friend.