Friday, January 13, 2017
Paul Ryan Sympathetic Toward DACA Recipients?
CNN reports that House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked point-blank yesterday at a town hall by a woman whose parents brought her to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant at age 11, and who has remained in the country for 21 years since: "Do you think that I should be deported?"
"I can see that you love your daughter and you're a nice person who has a great future ahead of you, and I hope your future's here," Ryan responded during a CNN town hall in Washington moderated by Jake Tapper.
President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to repeal President Barack Obama's executive actions that allowed undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children and their families to remain in the country without fear of deportation.
Ryan said lawmakers are talking with Trump's transition team about those immigrants -- and said Trump's focus is on violent criminals and building a US-Mexico border wall.
In his comments, Speaker Ryan focused on the unconstitutional lawmaking by President Obama in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and said that Congress had to come up with the solution for DACA recipients. He said that a "deportation force" is not happening but emphasized, as I have, that the Trump administration is likely to focus removal efforts on "criminals."