Almost 800,000 people who came to the USA illegally as children were protected under the Obama administration, but Trump will scrap the so-called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on March 5 unless Congress legislates a fix.
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Bipartisan immigration talks stalled on Thursday after Trump threw "gasoline to the fire", in the words of Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), by dismissing immigrants from "shithole countries".
Ryan explained that Trump's comments reminded him of stories relayed by relatives about discrimination his Irish ancestors faced upon arriving in America.
His comments about a spending deal come seven days before the government is set to shut down unless Republicans pass a bill to keep it open.
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Botswana , an African nation, denounced Trump's comment as " highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist ". The Washington Post first reported on Trump's comments in the Oval Office meeting.
Lawmakers and the White House have sought to craft a compromise that tightens border security including funding a wall on the border with Mexico and limits other entry programs like the green card visa lottery in exchange for shielding young immigrants from deportation.
Ryan said he didn't think there would be a government shutdown, adding that Republicans and Democrats are making progress on spending caps. "I think we'll get a down payment on some of these problems and keep fighting, keep working to get the rest of it done".
"I read those comments later last night; the first thing that came to my mind was 'very unfortunate, unhelpful, ' " Ryan said in response to a question during an interview at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee WisPolitics Luncheon. The president said overhauling social safety net programs is "going to have to be bipartisan".
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