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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:00

Trump, Ryan offer differing timelines on legislation to protect ‘dreamers’

Written by  Ed O'Keefe

President Trump told lawmakers that he expects Congress to act “real soon” on legislation to protect immigrant “dreamers,” but House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said it could be “weeks” before the issue is resolved.

The latest disconnect between senior Republicans and the president came as Trump is hosting Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for dinner Wednesday to discuss immigration issues and health care.

The meeting will be the third time in two weeks that Trump has invited key Democrats to the White House to discuss major legislative priorities that have divided congressional Republicans. Pelosi and Schumer used their last White House meeting to persuade Trump to agree to their terms on spending levels and the debt limit, but Democrats have been cautious to avoid appearing too close to the president.

[Republicans jolted by, and Democrats wary of, Trump’s overtures to opposing party]

This time, aides said, they are likely to focus especially on passage of the Dream Act, a bill to provide permanent legal protections to the roughly 700,000 people enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era executive action that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

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