PAUL RYAN REALITY CHECK: IMMIGRATION

On CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Paul Ryan stated that he won’t deal with immigration this Congress, because President Obama can’t be trusted.

 This is a comical attempt to cover up the reality of the situation: Paul Ryan horse-traded away comprehensive immigration reform to appease the House Freedom Caucus in his bid for Speaker.

Second, what does that mean for vulnerable House Republicans who have made commitments to their constituents about pursuing comprehension immigration reform?

Congressman Mike Coffman:

Coffman: “We Need Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” “I think we need comprehensive immigration reform. I think we can have a comprehensive approach without one single massive bill. I believe in a step-by-step approach,” Coffman said. “I think we’ve got to secure our borders and enforce our laws, but I think we have to have immigration policies that grow our economy.” [CBS Denver, 9/28/14]

Coffman Supported Comprehensive Immigration Reform. “We must fix our broken immigration system. I believe comprehensive immigration reform must be done in a step-by-step process and adhere to three principles: it must secure our borders, grow our economy and keep families together.” [Coffman for Congress, accessed 10/27/15]

Colorado’s 6th Congressional District is 20 percent Hispanic or Latino. [U.S. Census Bureau, accessed 10/15/15]

Congressman David Valadao:

Valadao: “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Will Remain My Top Priority Until A Solution Is Reached.” Rep. Valadao’s immigration issues page on his House website states, “Comprehensive immigration reform will remain my top priority until a solution is reached.” [Office of U.S. Rep. Valadao, accessed 10/27/15]

Valadao Was One Of First House Republicans To Fight For Comprehensive Immigration Reform. “Valadao represents a majority-Hispanic swing district in California’s Central Valley, and was one of the first House Republicans to publicly fight for comprehensive immigration reform.” [The Hill, 8/25/14]

Congressman Jeff Denham:

Denham Was First Republican Co-Sponsor Of House Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill In 2013. “On Oct. 27 [2013], Denham became the first Republican co-sponsor of a comprehensive immigration overhaul measure sponsored by 185 Democrats.” [Roll Call, 11/01/13]

Denham: “I Want To Make Sure That We’re Addressing All Aspects And Having A Full Debate In Front Of The American People.” “Rep. Jeff Denham said ‘every issue’ in immigration reform should be debated on the House floor. ‘I want to make sure that we’re addressing all aspects and having a full debate in front of the American people,’ the California Republican said in a brief media availability at the train station here. ‘I think part of the challenge is we’re talking about bits and pieces and not allowing the full debate to happen where people can engage in the overall discussion.’” [Politico, 8/15/13]

Congressman Carlos Curbelo:
Curbelo Formed PAC To Advance Comprehensive Immigration Reform. “House freshman Carlos Curbelo of Florida is taking another step toward making comprehensive immigration reform one of his pet issues. The Cuban-American lawmaker, who in January began his new stint as a congressman, has launched a political action committee, or PAC, named What A Country!” [Fox News, 2/03/15]

Curbelo A “Vocal Supporter” Of Immigration Reform. “The Florida Republican is a vocal supporter of actions on immigration reform that many in the GOP have rejected, including a Senate-passed bill that House Republican leaders have refused to bring up for a vote.” [The Hill, 11/18/14]

Congressman Bob Dold:

July 2015: Dold Urged Passage Of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. “The time has come for Congress to stop dodging the difficult issues and do the real, bipartisan problem solving needed to move our country forward. I remain committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass sensible immigration reform that includes provisions to strengthen our border, restore the rule of law and make all our communities safer.” [Rep. Dold Press Release, 7/23/15]

November 2014: Dold Promised Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Be Priority After 2014 Victory.  “[Dold] said one of his first orders of business will be getting immigration reform passed. ‘I think the Republican Party has to be a bigger tent,’ he said. “That’s been my stance all along.’” [Chicago Tribune, 11/5/14]

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