Friday, May 18, 2018

Ryan Praises Trump’s Immigration Plan, But Works With Amnesty Group

Ed. Paul Ryan—the Democrat who calls himself a Republican—is once again saying one thing while approving of another.

The following article appeared in Breitbart on May 17th

By Neil Munro

House Speaker Paul Ryan described President Donald Trump’s four-part immigration reform as “extremely reasonable,” marking a rhetorical shift as he tries to keep his party’s amnesty caucus from alienating too many populist voters before the November chances.
Of the four Democrats pictured, two claim to be Republicans

Ryan said:

I agree with his principles. I think the President made a good-faith effort. Moving to a merit-based system is in the interests of our country, our economy. A lottery makes no sense and converting a lottery into a  merit-based system make a lot of sense. Securing our border really makes a lot of sense and then having certainty for the DACA students so that they have certainty. All of those things make sense. He was extremely reasonable in putting those pillars out there. .. the President has been extremely reasonable.

That’s a big rhetorical shift from his May 11 press conference when Ryan notably ignored Trump’s call in his State of the Union speech to replace the current visa lottery and chain-migration inflows with a merit-based review for would-be legal immigrants. Trump also offered a huge amnesty-wave of roughly 2 million foreign workers to win support from business groups and the Democrats.

On May 11, Ryan said only “we want to fix this DACA problem, we want certainty, and we have a border security problem that needs to be addressed. These should not be mutually exclusive goals.”

But Ryan’s rhetorical shift has not stopped him from working with a group of business-first Republicans who are allying with Democrats to pass a quick, no-strings amnesty via the discharge-petition process. The push is led by so-called “moderate” Republicans — many of whom vociferously opposed Trump in 2016 — with the open support of business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and, and most reporters in the establishment media. 

The push is very unpopular among GOP voters and swing-voters. Those voters are sympathetic to migrants, but polls show they overwhelmingly prefer federal immigration policy help Americans get good jobs before allowing companies to import more cheap workers and more consumers. 

Ryan has the political power to shut down the unpopular cheap-labor push, but he also has built a 2018 campaign machine that relies on funding from the companies and donors who favor the current federal policy of growing the economy via the mass immigration of new consumers and cheap workers. So far, Ryan has applied little or no pressure against the 20 GOP co-signers of the petition, which just needs 25 GOP votes to let Democrats trigger passage of a vote and amnesty. 

(Article continues HERE)

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