Ryan says DACA fix not on fast track in House

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan is telling Republicans that they will address the issue of immigration through the regular legislative process.

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That's the word from Rep. Dennis Ross on Wednesday after the weekly closed-door meeting. Ross said Ryan told the GOP caucus that the leaders ``were not going to jam anybody, we're going to go through the process.'' That means the chamber will not put the legislation on a fast track, but go through a more deliberative process.

President Donald Trump is dismantling the program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. He gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative solution.

Congress has repeatedly struggled to come up with a legislation solution to deal with immigration.

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he believes ``there's a congressional deal to be made'' that could resolve the question of a legal shield for young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally while improving border security without building a wall.

Graham says in a nationally broadcast interview that lawmakers could restore a ``Dream Act'' for the young while also enhancing border security _ without constructing the 2,200-mile wall (3540.39-kilometers) that President Donald Trump has advocated since his campaign for the White House.

But Graham also tells MSNBC's ``Morning Joe'' show Congress needs ``to define what an acceptable `Dream Act' would look like.''

The South Carolina Republican, who is working on a bill with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says he thinks Trump should turn to White House chief of staff John Kelly, who previously headed the Department of Homeland Security, for advice on border issues.