Speaker Paul Ryan calls Pres. Trump's immigrant remarks 'unfortunate' and 'unhelpful'

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House Speaker Ryan to the president's alleged comments on Friday, saying, "The first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful, but you know what I thought of right away?"

Ryan reiterated he is dedicated to finding a legislative solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - the Obama-era initiative that extended temporary legal status to foreign nationals who illegally entered the country as minors - in coming weeks.

Ryan said his ancestors came to the USA from Ireland in the 19th century and were "really looked down upon".

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"It is a attractive story of America".

And the President further complicated things Thursday when he made highly incendiary comments about immigrants from Haiti and countries in Africa, which have inflamed and brought criticism from many in Trump's own party. "So I see this as something to celebrate", Ryan added. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" Never said "take them out". "(C), you have a security component that has a DACA fix, and that gets you bipartisan support in the negotiation".

The Wisconsin Republican was asked about the remark during a Q&A event at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

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Speaker Ryan said, "No we won't do that".

"We have to keep those separate because that's just not good government, just lopping all this stuff together", he said.

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"I thought about my own family", he said, describing his Irish immigrant relatives who came to the USA on what he said were called "coffin ships" and began working the railroads.

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