Two Reasons We Shouldn’t Trust Paul Ryan on Amnesty

By United States Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By United States Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Given his support for amnesty, and his membership in good standing as a member of the GOP establishment, can we trust Paul Ryan on immigration?

From National Review:

Paul Ryan has signed off on a letter promising restless members of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) that he won’t bring immigration-reform legislation to the House floor while President Obama remains in office. The letter, obtained exclusively by National Review, formalizes pledges that Ryan made last week in a closed-door meeting with select members of the HFC who were skeptical of his promise to maintain an “open” and “inclusive” relationship with the caucus. Specifically, it extracts Ryan’s word that he will not bring up comprehensive immigration reform “so long as Barack Obama is president” and, as speaker, Ryan will not allow any immigration bill to reach the floor for a vote unless a “majority” of GOP members support it. Alabama representative Mo Brooks wrote the letter and will enter it into the Congressional Record on Tuesday morning. He says his intention was to record the pledges Ryan made in the meeting and earn Ryan’s confirmation that the record was accurate, so he could vote for the Wisconsin Republican in good conscience come the congressional-floor election that will determine the next speaker.

OK, I’ve teased you long enough. Here are three reasons I remain VERY skeptical of Mr. Ryan on this issue.

  1. Don’t politicians always find a way to explain away pledges like this one? Changed circumstances, new information, “I’ve grown.”
  2. Two Words: Hillary Clinton, who was “adamantly against illegal immigrants” in 2003. Notice that she didn’t say “illegal immigration,” but the immigrants themselves! Imagine what the media would do with a quote like that if it were uttered by Donald Trump or any Republican candidate.
  3.  Need I remind you of this very disturbing video, featuring Rep. Luis Gutierrez?

What say you? Please let me know in the comments.


  1. I have to question just how effective a leader that someone who insists upon unanimous approval before he acts is going to be.

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