Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., flanked by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., join a group of Republican lawmakers to encourage support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program​, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

20 GOP House members urge Speaker Ryan to act on immigration

November 09, 2017 - 11:57 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two dozen House Republicans are pressing Speaker Paul Ryan to act quickly on legislation protecting some 800,000 young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.

The lawmakers say efforts to grant such deportation protection would easily pass the House, with dozens of Republicans set to join with Democrats in backing any bill.

The status of these immigrants is uncertain. That's because President Donald Trump has announced he's ending temporary protections granted by the Obama administration. He's given Congress until March to come up with a fix.

Democrats have pressed for a solution, but they're the minority party in the House.

The show of support from Republicans, including some from competitive House districts, reflects a political shift.

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