"But it’s really treating a symptom, right. People are coming across the border illegal or overstaying their visas. Therefore illegal immigration is fairly easy, and then people are having what’s called anchor babies."
Nice one Paul.
Paul Ryan has spent the last few years wasting the time of advocates for immigration reform by meeting with them and telling them to their faces he is "sincerely" dedicated to the issue....and then voting against them in Congress. He swore to Hispanic groups after the November election he was going to work in a bipartisan fashion to get something going - and it seems from initial reports - that for once, he wasn't lying.
Oh, but the liars just gotta lie.
In May, on a swing of listening sessions back in Wisconsin, Ryan got caught on tape using the derogatory term "anchor babies" three times in front of a mostly white audience. Something he should know better than to do since he was chastised for using the term during his run for the White House VP.
(Ryan has been previously recorded getting an earful for describing deportation programs as "catch and release" as if those arrested were not humans - but animals. So, it's not like no one told him it was a disrespectful way of discussing the issue in front of his constituents.)
Anyway, just as the "anchor baby" bomb started to fade, on Friday, Ryan voted in favor of an amendment offered by idiot Rep. Steve King that would defund the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the ability of Homeland Security to defer deporting DREAMers.
In other words, Ryan voted to deport DREAMers - the very people he has been meeting with for the past few years.
The King amendment also sought to permit the deportation of undocumented spouses of service members and received wide Republican support - including Ryan's.
The Hispanic population of Paul Ryan's congressional district has increased 74% since he first went to Congress - the main reason he has stepped out of his budget bubble to address immigration legislation. His vote on Friday was met with disbelief and anger by Hispanic activists.
The Siren is quite certain Ryan is preparing himself for another earful since he is scheduled to meet with immigration advocates from his district later this week in Washington.
What we wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall at THAT meeting.