Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as a Catholic, sees it is his place to make sure illegals are not a “permanent” underclass exploited by you and me. This information comes from Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) who says he had the conversation with Ryan in November 2012 shortly after the Romney-Ryan ticket lost the Republican presidential bid for us. Gutierrez is on the House Gang of 7. You may remember the House originally had a Gang of 8 but Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) walked away from the negotiations and is working on his own bill. Gutierrez recounts the November discussion when Ryan approached him:
“You’re a Catholic; I’m a Catholic; we cannot have a permanent underclass of Americans exploited in America,” Ryan told Gutierrez, according to the Democrat’s recollection of the November discussion. Source: Washington Post
Ryan endorsed the House Gang of 7 the day after Labrador dropped out:
A bipartisan group negotiating a House immigration bill earned a key endorsement Thursday from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a day after one of its eight core members quit the effort because of a dispute over healthcare policy.
Labrador, a former immigration attorney, informed his colleagues on Wednesday that he was leaving the group because he was not satisfied that taxpayers would not have to foot the bill for immigrants in the country illegally in their legislation. Source: The Hill
It’s unfortunate that Ryan’s Catholic conscience didn’t prompt him to attack the Mexico City policy, which Obama re-instated the day after he was sworn in. The Mexico City Policy allows U.S. aid to be used for abortions throughout the globe if that country wants to use the money in that way.
I don’t remember a single time Ryan advocated for fixing the Visa procedure. A Visa-fix would solve many future problems, but…oh well.
Boehner has enlisted former Republican VP candidate Ryan to promote the House plan. Ryan and the Republicans are working with some far-left House Democrats, including Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a former member of the Marxist-Leninist Puerto Rican Socialist Party, and Xavier Becerra, both members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and both longtime amnesty activists.
In an interview following Senate passage of the Gang of Eight bill, Fox News’ Sean Hannity pounded Ryan on the issue of border security:
HANNITY: So, my sources have been telling me, Congressman, that you guys are considering a five-year temporary legal status, and then [if] the border security measure is not met in five years, that that would be revoked.
RYAN: That’s right. That’s right.
Read more about Luis Guiterrez at New Zeal: The Democratic Socialists American loved his entry into Congess.
Ryan wants to be under-the-radar on this issue. Just like the majority of politicians, no leadership from Ryan – no standing up publicy for what he believes is right, no risking derision by Conservatives – just hiding around the corner waiting for a chance to ambush the Constitution.