President Trump caused outrage among leaders from both political parties when it was announced that he would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Speaker Paul Ryan was asked about Trump’s decision in an interview on AP Newsmakers.
“I do believe that kicking these 800,000 kids out to countries that they have probably not been to since they were toddlers, countries that speak languages that they may not even know, is not in our nation’s interest,” Ryan said.
Ryan also noted, “I don’t want to negotiate through the media.”
Ryan is set to meet with several top government leaders on Wednesday, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), to discus DACA.
Later in the interview, Ryan spoke more about DACA and Trump’s decision to delay the termination of DACA by six months.
“I wanted him to give us time, I didn’t want it to be rescinded on day one and create chaos. But he was right in that President Obama was wrong in basically using legislative powers that he did not possess. What we asked the White House is to give us some time, so we could come up with the right consensus and compromise to fix this problem.”