The signs were there as far back as 2015. That’s when we reported on the disastrous budget deal that had made its way through Congress, thanks to Paul Ryan.
Earlier that year, Harry Reid supported him for the Speaker of the House — another tip-off.
What we were given was a $2 trillion spending bill that Congress had two days to review. Among the ugly details of the bill were funding for DACA, sanctuary cities, illegal alien resettlement, tax credits for illegals and other dirty deeds.
Given Ryan’s record, then, it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s first to stand in President Donald Trump’s way as the administration moves to end DACA.
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday gave a major boost to legislative efforts to preserve protections for young undocumented immigrants — and urged President Donald Trump to not tear up the program.
Trump told reporters Friday he was still mulling the decision.
Responding to a question about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on his hometown radio station WCLO in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan said Congress was working on a legislative fix to preserve the program.
“I actually don’t think he should do that,” Ryan said of Trump’s consideration of terminating the program. “I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix.”
Ryan’s statement offers the most public support by anyone in the Republican congressional leadership for some sort of legislation to protect the “Dreamers” under DACA.
The popular Obama administration program — which gives protections from deportation to undocumented immigrants that were brought to the US as children to work or study — has long been targeted by Republicans as an overreach of executive authority.
Nevertheless, a number of moderate Republicans alongside Democrats support the program and have offered legislation that would make the protections permanent.
Ryan, who worked on comprehensive immigration reform before he became part of House leadership, endorsed that approach in the interview.
“President (Barack) Obama does not have the authority to do what he did … we’ve made that very clear,” Ryan said in the radio interview. “Having said all of that, there are people who are in limbo. These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home. And so I really do believe there that there needs to be a legislative solution.”
So in Ryan’s world, while Obama did something he didn’t have the authority to do, it’s A-O.K. because Ryan agrees with the result.
Paul Ryan is one of the biggest threats to the Trump agenda. He doesn't support the will of the American people and we won't forget that.
— Real Jack (@RealJack) September 1, 2017
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) September 1, 2017
— TimG (@TopTimmy1) September 1, 2017
We do NOT want amnesty for illegals.
— Alexandra Spears (@BaptistMom73) September 1, 2017
FYI to Paul Ryan: We voted for Trump, not you. It’s his policies we voted for — not yours.