Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) had words of praise for President Trump on Wednesday, but he followed those words up by expressing hope that Congress would pass a DACA alternative.
The fact that so many Republican leaders seem ready, willing, and even desirous of replacing Obama’s DACA with a new GOP version that does the same exact thing.
Listen as Ryan praises the President before telling the nation that the GOP is about to amnesty 800,000 illegal immigrants.
Question: Mr. Speaker, following the president’s decision yesterday on DACA… I was wondering whether you would support a standalone bill to address the [siuation]…
Paul Ryan: Yeah. So first, let me say, President Obama was wrong to do it in the first place, because he overstepped his constitutional bounds. We, the president and Congress, take an oath to support and defend the constitution. So President Trump was right in his decision. He made the right call.
I’m also encouraged by the fact that he gave us time to work out a consensus, to find a compromise, because these kids don’t — for the most part, don’t know any other home than the United States. So I think the president was right to give us the time we need to find that compromise.
Where does that compromise exist? That’s what we’re going to spend the next months figuring out, where that compromise is. But I think it’s totally reasonable and appropriate that, when you take a look at the DACA dilemma, this is a dilemma that in large part stems from the fact that it is a symptom of a larger problem.
And the larger problem is that we do not have control of our borders. And so it’s only reasonable and fitting that we also address the root cause of the problem, which is borders that are not sufficiently controlled, while we address this very real and very human problem that’s right in front of us. So I think that’s perfectly reasonable.
As to your second part of your question, we will not be advancing legislation that does not have the support of President Trump, because we’re going to work with the president on how to do this legislation.
And if we have legislation coming through here that is worked with and supported by the president, I’m — I’m very confident that our members will support that.
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