Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is making no promises on whether the House can pass a compromise bill to protect more than 1 million young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
Ryan and GOP leaders have tried to sell the compromise bill to conservatives and moderate Republicans, but conservative lawmakers are still trying to secure additional enforcement provisions in the legislation.
Ryan was expected to release the draft bill Wednesday but the text is reportedly still being finalized. The bill is expected to allow so-called Dreamers to eventually find a pathway to citizenship, but also includes the full $25 billion for President Trump’s border wall with Mexico. The bill will also reportedly include a provision allowing children to be kept with their parents when detained at the border.
“I do hope this passes,” Ryan said of the compromise bill. “I think this is a very good compromise.”
House Democrats say they’ve been offered no opportunity for input on the compromise bill and are unlikely to support it.
“Hundreds of thousands of young people in our country remain in legal limbo because of President Trump’s misguided and unnecessary decision to end the DACA program,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD). “Instead of allowing the House to work its will and vote on a bipartisan compromise bill to end these families’ uncertainty, Speaker Ryan continues to dissemble and delay.”