Democrats say Trump agrees to work on immigration bill, wall in dispute

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So far, the only details released by the President on tax reform have been in a single page of bullet points - compare that to the 489 page submission that President Ronald Reagan made to the Congress in 1985 on tax reform, as it took another 16 months to enact a bill into law. Ryan and Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, announced that a tax blueprint would be given to lawmakers the week of September 25, reflecting the consensus of the tax-writing committees, Ways and Means, Finance and the White House.

Despite talks with Democrats on tax legislation, opposition by virtually all of them seems likely, meaning GOP lawmakers will have to be united.

In the face of backlash from conservatives inside the Capitol and out, Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP House members insisted that there was no agreement to enshrine protections for the immigrants brought to America as children and now here illegally.

Trump himself said he was "fairly close" to an agreement that could protect the young "Dreamers" while also adding border security, as long as his long-promised wall with Mexico was also separately addressed.

On another major topic, Ryan said that immigration legislation Congress will be working on "will have to include security measures".

Ryan agreed with Trump that border security provisions would need to be a part of a DACA deal. "I didn't want this to be rescinded on Day One and create chaos", Ryan said, arguing the time would allow Congress to "come up with the right kind of consensus and compromise to fix this problem". He said the six months that Trump has given lawmakers for action is enough time as the program winds down.

President Donald Trump ended DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, on September 5, and delayed the expiration date of the first recipients' work permits for six months. Many immigrants have been consumed by worry since Trump announced last week that he was ending DACA, which has granted temporary work permits and deportation relief to hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought here as minors.

Ryan said that removing the immigrants covered by the program is "not in our nation's interest". "But at the same time, I think it's only reasonable - it makes flawless common sense - that we deal with the problem that was the root cause of this, which is we do not have operational control of our borders", he said, adding: "This is a broken system that needs to be fixed". He replaced the previous chief of staff, Reince Priebus, a Ryan friend.

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