Past Features

October 21, 2015

Ryan v. Trump?
Opposite sides of the immigration question

Breitbart -- October 20, 2015
Paul Ryan: Job of U.S. Lawmaker Is to Put Yourself in Shoes of Foreign Citizens
     As the donor class continues to push for a Rep. Paul Ryan Speakership, conservative activists have renewed their scrutiny of Ryan's support for a radical Republican policy of open borders. Breitbart News has discovered yet another little-noticed video in which Ryan articulates his commitment to immigration policies that would dissolve America's sovereignty.
    The video, uploaded by the Journal Times, shows Ryan at a July 2013 bilingual Hispanic Listening Session in Racine, Wisconsin. At the meeting, Paul Ryan told a predominantly Hispanic audience that the job of a U.S. lawmaker is to put oneself in the shoes of foreign nationals who want to come to the United States, then work to discover solutions to make their lives better.
    The Journal Times notes that the purpose of the meeting was for Ryan to “explai[n] to them his motives” for pushing to enact Sen. Marco Rubio's amnesty and mass immigration agenda in the House of Representatives.
    As Ryan spoke, translators conveyed his message to audience members who did not speak English.
    Ryan declared:
This is the American Dream. This is the American idea. Look, put yourself in another person's shoes, which if you're in elected office, that's what you kind of have to do that almost every single day. The job we have --- and what we do is we take different people's perspectives. The gentleman from India who's waiting for his green card. The DREAMer who is waiting. We take all these different perspectives. We process it through our values and our morals and our principles. And then we come up with the answer to try and solve this problem. That's basically what we do in our jobs.
Ryan's statement may strike some listeners as bizarre --- many may think that the job of U.S. Congressman ought to be to put himself in the shoes of his citizen constituents who elected him, giving their needs greater priority than the desires of someone from a foreign country.
Latin Post -- October 19, 2015
House Speaker Race: Rep. Luis Gutierrez Supports Paul Ryan; Duo Teamed for Immigration Reform
Fox News Latino -- October 19, 2015
Paul Ryan's immigration views could thwart his shot at being House speaker