Speaker Paul Ryan Claims He Opposes Amnesty
Ryan’s more recent legislative history is even worse on immigration. Indeed, during the 2013 Senate Gang of Eight “comprehensive” immigration reform push, Ryan was the main promoter in the House. Facing heavy criticism for that role from conservatives and the American people, Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-amnesty FWD.us launched a $350,000 ad campaign defending Ryan. The ad opened, “Amnesty? Not a chance,” while claiming that Ryan was looking for a “conservative solution” to immigration reform.FAIR countered with its own ad campaign criticizing Ryan for catering to illegal aliens at the expense of his constituents.Paul Ryan has a multi-decades long history of consistently supporting amnesty. By his comments on CNN, he must think the American people are naïve on the issue.
As a staffer in Washington, he worked for Jack Kemp and Sen. Sam Brownback – both of whom were part of the Republicans’ pro-immigration wing, and who fought crackdown efforts from within their own party… As a congressman, he voted for a 2002 legalization bill, praised the 2006 Senate [amnesty] bill back by Mr. Bush and co-sponsored a 2009 Democratic bill that would have legalized [illegal] immigrant farmworkers.