Paul Ryan says GOP IS unified on 1 part of immigration - they don't trust Barack Obama

Posted by Mitch Perry on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

A year ago there were great hopes that the time was ripe for comprehensive immigration reform to be addressed by Congress, something that was last addressed by Ronald Reagan and Congress in the mid 1980's.

We all know that didn't happen then. Can it happen now?

It might be an exaggeration to say that a civil war has broken up amongst Republicans about pushing ahead for reform, but there are undoubtedly divisions within the party on how to address the issue. But the energy still seems with the Tea Party/Lamar Smith/Tom Tancredo wing of the GOP, which is that any pathway to citizenship is "amnesty" and should be taken off the table.

On ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan said that though the GOP might be split on some aspects of reform, one thing they are united on is that they have no faith that President Obama will enforce the law.

RYAN: Well, look, we don't know who's coming and going in this country, George. We don't have control of our border. We don't have control of interior enforcement. You just talked about the Boston bombers. And so doing nothing on the security side of this, we think, is not a responsible thing to do. It's appropriate you brought this subject up after talking about these executive orders.

Here's the issue that all Republicans agree on — we don't trust the president to enforce the law. So if you actually look at the standards that the Republican leadership put out, which is security first, first we have to secure the border, have interior enforcement, which is a worker verification system, a visa tracking program. Those things have to be in law, in practice and independently verified before the rest of the law can occur.

So it's a security force first, non-amnesty approach.

The momentum seems to be against Republicans doing much, though. The argument to keep the status quo as it is (where we don't who's coming into the country) was articulated in Sunday's New York Times by columnist Ross Douthat.

Douthat says the issue is problematic politically for Republicans, because he says (like others have) that there's no real upside for the GOP, if the idea is to have more Hispanics warm up the them. Douthat cites a recent Pew Research Poll that ranked "dealing with illegal immigration" only 16th most important out of 20 different policy measures.

Douthat writes that the issue is definitely more win-win for Democrats:

So immigration policy is problematic on the merits — and then it’s politically problematic for Republicans as well. Immigration ranks 16th on the public’s list of priorities, according to the latest Pew numbers, so it’s difficult to see how making this the signature example of a new, solutions-oriented G.O.P. is going to help the party in the near term. Whereas it’s much easier to see how it helps the Democrats: if a bill passes, it will do so with heavy Democratic support, hand President Obama a policy victory at a time when he looks like a lame duck, and demoralize the right along the way.

Another highlight of Ryan's interview on ABC was the discussion about Pope Francis. In late December took a slap at the exalted Pontiff, telling the Milwaukee Journal that while he was happy to see him weigh in on income inequality, the Pope really didn't understand capitalism. He said, "The guy is from Argentina. They haven't had real capitalism in Argentina."

Ryan refused to back down on that comment, but praised Francis for talking about "the welfare state and how we have to avoid creating a welfare state."

Stephanopoulos then interjected, asking did he really believe he'd endorse Ryan's controversial budget proposals that have been blasted by Catholic leaders in the states.

"Of course not," Ryan responded. "I don't think — he's a pope. Pope's don't endorse budgets."

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Insist that he lies with no proof.

Then Insist that the non-proven lies are proof of fundamental lack of trustworthiness in our president?

Well, I would have suggested the GOP switch gears on their main strats at some point, but good luck anyway!

Posted by Ari Asulin on 02/02/2014 at 2:10 PM

Watching what's unfolding in Washington one of the most frightening outlook anybody has ever known? I just hope you have the grit to stomach all of these issues that must be troubling for all Americans. I'm sorry. I want to shield you from it; but the truth must come out. The mainstream press has in many respects turned against offering the truth, in taking Conservatives statements out of context--to push Liberal ideology.

With his signature sly smirk he told American citizens that this is the "Year of Executive Action." He plans to abuse executive orders to blow by Congress and the Constitution to carry out his agenda. Obama has every intention of giving amnesty to millions who are here illegally. America's economy is in shambles. Our health care system a wreck (thanks to Obamacare). Unemployment is still rocketing upwards. Yet Obama and his liberal army want to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens who will collapse the system and create a new wave of poverty. Who's going to pay for all this? Tell Congress, "I'VE HAD ENOUGH. WE DON'T WANT IT. AMERICA CAN'T AFFORD IT. STOP THE AMNESTY TRAIN WRECK NOW!" Blast your fax message today! Use your voice and jam the switchboard in Washington at (202) 224-3121.

Obama's Executive Order Czar, John Podesta made a mockery of America and our Founding Fathers when he told us that Obama's just is getting warmed up. When he believes "he has the authority" to "make progress" without action by Congress, he'll do it, Podesta boasted.

Obama, Podesta, Holder—they're all spitting in the face of America.

Everything we've worked for—and our military has valiantly fought for and DIED FOR—over the course of history is at stake: our sovereignty, our freedom, our military power and our right to liberty and justice.

Indeed this is Obama's idea of fundamentally changing America.

It's so bad that the movie producer of Schindler's List has said he "never feared my government until now." What does that tell you?

When you put all of his vile actions together it spells grave danger. All you have to do is connect the dots. Look at the deeply disturbing chain of events that have been taking place. Already Obama has been:

Purging the military of the highest ranking generals and officers

He's fired our military's finest—200 since he took office. It's unprecedented. Obama is deliberately weakening out military and replacing them with loyalists who have promised to "pry the guns from our cold, dead hands" for starters.

If a military officer speaks out, he's fired or stripped of a promotion. The "king" does not allow anyone to speak out against him. It's so bad that Obama is now being watched by our military.

He is freely giving away US sovereignty. There's a vicious plan underway right now to place US sovereignty in foreign hands. Under a new free trade agreement even our US Supreme Court with have no authority and hold no power. Obama wants to give away control of our oceans and land, too. Those plans have already been set into motion. He's opening America up to attack to allow the extremists and terrorists to take control.

This man has positioned known extremists and terrorists in administrative positions in the White House. He's placed known extremists from the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House—given them access to everything. Even more chilling; one of them—Huma Abedin—is Hillary Clinton's chief of staff. Still another, Mohamed Elibiary is a member of the DHS's Security Council. Both of these people have known ties to terrorists. There are 10-15 others with those same close ties to this dangerous organization in the administration.

Spying on Americans 24/7 Clearly Obama wants to know who's with him and who's against him. He's gone so far as to place innocent Americans such as veterans, Christians and patriotic Americans on watch lists, labeling them as "extremists."

Democrats are pushing for a third term. Can you imagine what would happen if that becomes a reality? All Obama has to do is sign an executive order to change the election laws so he can take a third term. Remember, "He’s just getting warmed up" according to his own people. What's worse, he could change our laws so that there are NO term limits in the presidency.

. Enough is enough. Obama has defied and despoiled the Constitution, bypassed Congress, gone against the laws of this country and the ardent will of the people. The only true Conservatives who will enforce immigration are the “tearing-away” Peoples TEA PARTY dot org. Millions of Americans are cutting their bonds from the Democratic and the GOP elitists, along with all nationalities, blacks, whites, Latino’s, Asian and other minority and religious groups.

Many Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Independents identify with the premises set forth by the Tea Party Movement, which is striking a chord and ringing true with the American Spirit. The TEA PARTY grassroots mission calls for awareness to any issue which challenges the security, sovereignty, or domestic tranquility of our beloved nation, the United States of America. From our founding, the Tea Party represents the voice of the true owners of the United States: WE THE PEOPLE. Want to know more about the future of illegal immigration so go to Numbersusa and learn the real truth. Understand why the voices of the people who are speaking out in unison, relating to the unions being taken over by Marxist’s and the undermining of our great Republic? Read Trevor Loudoun books, about the truth covering Obama’s rise to power, called “Borack Obama and the Enemies Within.” HE STATES IN HIS BOOK, THAT COMMUNISTS HAVE INFILTRATED THE WHITE HOUSE. Then read Frank De Varona’s book “America in Decline. He was in a Cuban prison and as a Christian Latino, who realizes the consequences of millions of more illegal aliens arriving here under Obama or John Boehner who benefit greatly from the invasion, why citizens and legal residents pay dearly. The President is pushing for amnesty even though the Congressional Budget Office has determined it will devastate the wages of working class people.

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