Paul Ryan was all smiles after Donald Trump won the Presidential election.
He credited Trump for the coattails that helped save the Republican majorities in the House and Senate.
But in a post-election interview, Ryan let it slip that he intends to squash efforts to implement a key part of Trump’s agenda.
During the campaign, President-elect Trump made ending illegal immigration and deporting criminal illegal aliens a top policy priority.
Many pundits believe it was Trump’s strong language on immigration in his announcement speech that rocketed him to the top of the GOP primary polls – a position he never relinquished.
Trump stayed true to his immigration proposals during the general election and his belief in securing our borders, and his America First immigration policies were pivotal in his victory over Hillary Clinton.
But now that the Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress, it is up to leadership in the House and Senate to pass the border security measures President-elect Trump campaigned on.
And there is early word Paul Ryan may be trying to sabotage that work.
In an interview with CNN, Ryan claimed deportations wouldn’t be a focus of a Trump administration.
“Removing illegal immigrants will not be a “focus” of a Trump administration, says Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, a longstanding supporter of open borders and cheap labor.
Less than a week after President-elect Donald J. Trump’s historic upset, Speaker Ryan is now telling voters that he will not enact a central part of Trump’s “mandate” given to him by the American people: namely, Trump’s repeated pledge to enforce U.S. immigration law and to allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to do its job by removing people in the country illegally.
“We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump’s not planning on that,” Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union.
“I think we should put people’s minds at ease: That is not what our focus is. That is not what we’re focused on. We’re focused on securing the border. We think that’s first and foremost, before we get into any other immigration issue, we’ve got to know who’s coming and going into the country– we’ve got to secure the border,” Ryan said.”
Ryan is still trying to satisfy the donor class – which he depends on for fundraising – and the voters who handed Republicans a sweeping victory.
Ryan and the establishment money class believe in open borders, cheap labor, and mass migration.
But American voters want stricter controls on immigration.
67% of Republicans and 49% of Independents want immigration decreased, compared to just 25% of Republicans and 32% of Independents who want immigration kept at its present level.
Just 17% of Independents want immigration levels increased.
A quick way to show the voters the politicians in Washington are addressing the American people’s concerns about immigration is to take strong steps to end illegal immigration.
President-elect Trump’s plan to swiftly deport criminal aliens is a step in that direction.
And not one week after President-elect Trump’s victory – which many credit to his positions on immigration – Paul Ryan is sending out the word he doesn’t intend to act on a key plank of President-elect Trump’s policy agenda.