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Ryan: Deporting DACA beneficiaries is not in the 'nation's interest'

Ryan: Deporting DACA beneficiaries is not in the 'nation's interest'

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday said it would be a mistake to deport beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"It's the beginning of a very important process to achieve, for the first time in a generation, overhauling our tax system and giving middle-class families a much-deserved break", Ryan told reporters after the GOP meeting Wednesday.

Ryan declares in an AP Newsmaker interview that the most important goal of an overhaul is economic growth.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, told other House Republicans during a closed-door meeting that they needed to unify or the effort to cut taxes could fail, according to two people in the room.

Trump urged lawmakers gathered to discuss tax reform not to forget the immigration issue as they dig into the fall agenda. And some conservatives were voicing concerns about Trump's newfound fondness for making deals with Democrats, as he did last week on the debt ceiling with House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. Ryan and McConnell have both said previously that a tax plan should be revenue-neutral.

The analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank, found Republicans might have to expand the federal budget deficit to cut the corporate rate to Trump's proposed 15 percent or to the 23 percent level sought by leading tax policymakers from Congress and the administration.

"In a revenue-neutral bill, Congress can't get the rate below 26 percent even if it eliminates almost every corporate tax expenditure", Gleckman said in a blog posting accompanying the study. They also haven't agreed on what proportion of the changes should be temporary or permanent.

Ryan says the GOP wants to enact a tax cut into law by the end of this year, not simply to push a bill through the House.

"That's a positive thing and it's good for the Republicans and good for the Democrats", Trump said.

Ryan also said during the press conference he would love to have the Democrats working with the GOP "but we're going to do it no matter what".

Trump continues to put pressure on lawmakers to get a tax bill completed - he posted a Twitter message on Wednesday saying: "With Irma and Harvey devastation, Tax Cuts and Tax Reform is needed more than ever before. And so that's what we're going to give a shot", he said. He said the plan would help spur 3 percent annual economic growth.

Referencing tax cuts signed by President George W. Bush, Ryan said, "You can't just do what Bush did in 2001 and 2003. And I don't want to open the door to that until we see what this tax plan looks like".