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Paul Ryan lists Trump-era priorities as he insists Republicans have ‘mandate’

Speakers remarks at odds with president-elect as Trump tells CBS he plans to deport as many as three million people and fence may replace sections of wall

The wall that Donald Trump has promised to build on the US-Mexico border may in part be some fencing, the president-elect said in an interview released on Sunday, as the top Republican already in Washington hinted at disagreements and uncertainties for how they intend to govern together.

In an interview with CBSs 60 Minutes, Trump said there could be some fencing in his proposed wall, which would span nearly 2,000 miles and cost billions. On the campaign trail he promised that the barrier would be exclusively built of hardened concrete, rebar and steel.

Im very good at this, he told CBS. Its called construction.

Also on Sunday, Paul Ryan, speaker of the House and the lawmaker poised to write sweeping new legislation for the Republican-controlled government, said he believed his party had a mandate to reshape healthcare, taxes, regulations and border security for the Trump administration.

Discrepancies between Trumps promises and Ryans plans, however, suggested that the president-elect and his future Congress do not yet know how they will make such changes.

Ryan insisted, for instance, that Trumps priority would not be the mass deportation of millions of undocumented migrants.

That is not what our focus is, we are focused on securing the border before we get on any immigration, Ryan told CNNs State of the Union. We are not planning on erecting a deportation force, Donald Trumps not planning on that.

Trump has repeatedly promised a deportation force and in August said: Day one, my first hour in office, those people are gone! In his CBS interview, he said he would deport as many as 3 million people.

What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate, Trump said.

But were getting them out of our country, theyre here illegally.

In June, Ryan broke with Trump over a proposed ban on Muslims entering the US. On Sunday, Rudy Giuliani, one of the president-elects advisers, said the ban would now be imposed on a country-by-country basis.

The ban would be restricted to particular countries, the former New York mayor told CNN, naming Syria and Yemen. All the rest from countries that contain dangerous populations, they would be subject to extreme vetting.

Giuliani suggested the US could work with regimes in Egypt and Pakistan for pretty good vetting, but not a complete ban.

Speaker Ryan also said the Republican party, which until last year largely supported Barack Obamas free trade agenda with Asia, was not entirely behind Trumps promises to impose high tariffs on countries such as China and Mexico.

Not tariffs, not trade wars, Ryan said, instead saying he wanted to fix our taxes on border adjustments.

He maintained that the party would find common ground with the new president, saying: Hes trying to make America more competitive.

Ryan echoed Trump in suggesting that the party intended to keep some parts of Barack Obamas Affordable Care Act, while repealing the healthcare law itself.

A full repeal could mean as many as 20 million people losing health insurance. Ryan told CNN that people 26 and younger could, according to his proposals, stay on their parents plan, and that Congress would need to have a solution for pre-existing conditions. He also said the party would propose refundable tax credits that would lower the cost of coverage.

We would have a healthcare system in America where everyone, regardless of income and position, he said, would get to buy what you want to buy, not what the government is making you buy.

But Ryan refused to answer questions about whether women would still be able to have birth control covered.

Im not going to get into all the nitty gritty details about these things, he said, adding, Im not going to get into hypotheticals about legislation that hasnt even been written yet.

Giuliani also insisted that Trump would have no conflicts of interest in office, even if he hands control of his sprawling, international business to three of his children, who have acted as his closest advisers.

Once he gets into government they will not be they will not be advising, Giuliani said. There will have to be a wall between them with regard to government matters.

Ryan also expressed confidence in Trump and his entourage, which includes Steve Bannon, a former investor and far-right media chief executive whose website, Breitbart, has trafficked in openly racist, sexist, homophobic and antisemitic writing.

Ive never met the guy. Ive never met Steve Bannon, Ryan said. So I have no concerns. I trust Donald Trump.

I believe that Donald is going to have a great set of choices to make for staffing [the White House], Ryan continued. Hes a successful person, he surrounds himself with successful people. So Im confident hes going to do the same here.

He denounced the perpetrators of hate crimes and racist graffiti that have been reported since Trumps victory, saying: They are not Republicans and we dont want them.

We are pluralistic, we are inclusive, and will continue to be. I really think people should put their minds at ease.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/13/paul-ryan-donald-trump-republicans-mandate


Trump spells out immigration policy but leaves deportation question open

Republican lists tough actions on undocumented migrants in Iowa speech and says claims of deportation flip-flop show media has missed the whole point

Donald Trump on Saturday spelled out new details of his immigration policy. He did not, however, answer lingering questions about whether or not he favors deportation for all undocumented migrants.

Speaking at a fundraiser for the Iowa senator Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for president went beyond his now famous promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

If elected, he said, he will institute nationwide E-Verify, stop illegal immigrants from accessing welfare and entitlements, and develop an exit-entry tracking system to ensure those who overstay their visas are quickly removed.

Although these policies were in an immigration plan proposed in August 2015, they have been rarely addressed since then, as the real estate developer as gone from long shot to major party nominee.

Trump offered no clarity on whether he would after all push for the deportation of all 11 million undocumented migrants currently in the US, a long-term and successful campaign promise. Uncertainty on his stance on the issue took hold this week, after he reportedly told Hispanic leaders at a roundtable meeting that he might be willing to support a path to legal status.

Trump subsequently told Fox Newss Sean Hannity that he would be willing to allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the US.

Theyll pay back taxes, he said, they have to pay taxes, theres no amnesty, as such, theres no amnesty, but we work with them.

Of his views on the immigration question, he added, there could certainly be a softening.

The Republican nominee had long pledged to support a deportation force to remove all 11 million undocumented migrants. On Thursday, he seemed to flip-flop on the issue again, telling CNN: Theres no path to legalization unless they leave the country. When they come back in, then they can start paying taxes, but there is no path to legalization unless they leave the country and then come back.

In Iowa on Saturday, Trump attacked the media for focusing on the deportation question instead of other aspects of his immigration policy.

He said: In recent days, the media as it usually does has missed the whole point on immigration. All the media wants to talk about is the 11 million or more people here illegally.

Trump claimed that law enforcement agencies knew about every single illegal immigrant, the good ones and the bad ones, and said that on day one of his administration all criminal illegal immigrants will be swiftly removed.

The deportation of illegal immigrants who commit crimes has bipartisan support and has long been a priority of the Obama administration.

Trumps campaign has suggested that he will soon deliver a definitive immigration speech, clearly stating his position.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/27/donald-trump-immigration-policy-deportation


Seen and not heard: homeless people absent from election even as ranks grow

In San Francisco and beyond, homelessness makes voting nearly impossible and all but ensures the issue has little visibility on the campaign trail

It is no mean feat to cast a ballot when home is a doorway or a tent beneath a freeway underpass. When your mailing address is General Delivery, or the Prison Legal Services office, or someone elses room at an SRO hotel. When the hunt for a voting precinct vies with the search for food and shelter.

Even so, the presidential contest has been front of mind at the St Anthony Foundation dining room in San Franciscos gritty Tenderloin district.

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The first seating at St Anthony is for families and the elderly. Lunch starts at 10am and is often the only meal of the day for people such as Tom Orrell, who is picking at his turkey dish and talking politics.

His home is a patch of sidewalk at the corner of Jones Street and Golden Gate Avenue. His party, the Democrats. His candidate, Bernie Sanders but he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, even though hes not sure America is ready for a female president. His issue is healthcare, with a dash of education.

The way I look at it, weve got to have healthy kids, says the 62-year-old former construction worker, who votes whether he has a roof or not. For two years, he has not. To get them healthy, we need to have education. Were falling down in both. To have a bright future, we need better healthcare.

Nearly half of the St Anthony diners are homeless, and the rest are extremely low income. Volunteers registered 60 diners to vote before the California primary on 7 June. Another registration drive is planned for October.

The issue of homelessness, however, has largely been absent from the campaign trail in 2016, even though it is a priority across the nation.

Throughout the primary season, the Guardian asked American voters to name matters they care about but that the packed field of Republicans and three Democratic candidates who had eyes set on the Oval Office did not address to their satisfaction. Homelessness was among them. They are not alone.

Since last autumn, the state of Hawaii and cities along the west coast have declared homelessness states of emergency. In New York, where people have a legal right to shelter, calls to the citys 311 line complaining about homeless people rose this winter, according to the New York Times.

In Los Angeles County where the vacancy rate is less than 3% in some areas and 500,000 affordable housing units are needed officials announced in May that the number of homeless people has risen 5.7% in the last year, to 46,874. Thats nearly half the homeless population in huge, temperate California.

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People form a queue outside St Anthonys dining room as they wait to get a free meal, in San Franciscos Tenderloin district. Photograph: Gabrielle Lurie for the Guardian

The latest federal count, conducted in January 2015, placed the number of homeless people in the US at 564,708. Thats almost as many people who live in the entire state of Wyoming. More than three-quarters of the countrys homeless people are of voting age.

Not that youd know it to listen to the candidates who survived longest in the mud-slinging contest to pick the Democratic and Republican nominees for president.

During a San Francisco campaign swing a month ago, Sanders voiced surprise at the prevalence of homeless people in this graceful, generous city, which spends around $200m a year on homeless services, according to the municipal budget analyst.

Just been in San Francisco for a few hours, the Vermont senator told a crowd at a union rally, and its stunning to see people sleeping out in the street.

Hillary Clinton held a May rally in an ornate historic building just a block from the St Anthony Foundation dining room; the former secretary of state backs efforts to help homeless youth and veterans, although those positions are hidden deep in her campaign website.

For his part, real estate mogul Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has no platform on homelessness, although the issue did arise in August.

Thats when two drunk Trump supporters in Boston awakened a 58-year-old homeless Hispanic man by urinating on his face. Scott Leader, 38, and Steve Leader, 30, then ripped off his blankets and sleeping bag, riffled through his belongings and beat him with a metal pipe and their fists, breaking his nose.

While he was being booked into jail, according to the police report, the older brother said it was OK to assault the victim, because he was Hispanic and homeless.

Scott also stated Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported, the police report continued, although the victim is a legal resident. Scott also said he was arrest[ed] because white people always are and never the minorities.

When asked about the assault at a press conference in New Hampshire, Trump told reporters he had not heard about it, but that it would be a shame.

Then he paused and continued: I will say the people that are following me are very passionate. They love this country. They want this country to be great again. And they are very passionate.

Two days later, Trump revised his comments via Twitter: Boston incident is terrible. We need energy and passion, but we must treat each other with respect. I would never condone violence.

In May, the brothers were sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty to causing bodily injury while committing a civil rights violation, among other charges.

In a piece outlining candidates positions, San Franciscos Street Sheet called the incident Trumps worst moment on homelessness, although it noted that there are so many choices.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks did not respond to emails asking about the Republicans stand on homelessness.

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Felix Estrada Garcia, left, sits on the sidewalk in the Tenderloin. More than 70 people in the citys master voting list cite General Delivery as their mailing address. Photograph: Gabrielle Lurie for the Guardian

There are no good statistics on how many homeless people are registered to vote nationwide, although the National Coalition for the Homeless estimated in 2012 that only one-tenth of unhoused persons actually exercise the right to vote.

Court cases in the 1980s and 1990s established the right of homeless people to vote even if they do not have a traditional residence. Some states, including California, require a mailing address to register but allow people to use the cross streets where they normally sleep to figure out their precinct.

In the master voting list for San Francisco, for example, at least 140 people registered using the address of the plain, blocky building that houses the public defenders office and Prisoner Legal Services, among other government entities. More than 70 list General Delivery as their mailing address.

Maria Foscarinis, the executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, said that in recent years new laws are making it more difficult for homeless and other poor people to vote, including requirements for photo identification.

Homeless people are among the most marginalized populations in the United States, Foscarinis said. Its really hard to get out of homelessness once youre in it. Not being able to affect the political process makes that cycle just that much harder to break.

Just ask Charles Cooper, a neat and dignified 64-year-old having lunch on Wednesday at the St Anthony Foundation dining room. He is not currently registered to vote, having just returned to San Francisco after six months in Atlanta.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/09/homelessness-us-election-2016-san-francisco-voting


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