House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is planning to slip amnesty for nearly 800,000 illegal aliens living in the United States into a spending bill, according to House Republicans.
During a talk before the Republican Study Committee (RSC), Ryan reportedly said an amnesty for illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be included in an end-of-the-year spending deal.
“He did talk about the fact that that would be good if we could get ahead of that as opposed to being reactionary,” RSC Chairman Mark Walker (R-NC) told the Huffington Post following the meeting with Ryan.
Another two House Republicans confirmed to the Huffington Post that Ryan mentioned slipping DACA amnesty into the spending deal at the gathering.
While Walker said Ryan “did talk about border security,” it was not in the context of making sure a border wall — which President Trump has promised to construct along the U.S.-Mexico border — would be part of any spending bill.
“I don’t think that anybody has said definitively that the wall has to be part of that,” Walker said.
Immediately, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) slammed Ryan’s alleged comments to the Huffington Post about giving DACA illegal aliens amnesty in the spending bill.
“He better not,” Yoho said.
Labrador mocked Ryan’s DACA move, saying “That’s true leadership, I guess” and called the initiative a “big problem.”
The Republican establishment has been pushing amnesty for DACA illegal aliens — and subsequently, the other 12 to 30 million illegal aliens residing in the U.S. — since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on behalf of the Trump administration that DACA would officially be ended in March 2018.
Last month, Trump seemed to cave on DACA, demanding Congress pass a “quick” amnesty for illegal aliens covered by the program, going against years of campaign promises that he would stand against amnesty deals, as Breitbart News reported.
Paul Ryan and other establishment RINOs have been in favor of amnesty for a long time, and although Breitbart seems to think Trump is caving on it, I’m not so sure. According to The Hill and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), his words were ‘Oh, DACA, we want to move on this quick, we don’t want to wait six months. It’s already been six days and nothing’s happened.’
There’s just no way Trump wants to be the reason the government shuts down, and without some Dem votes in support of the bill, that’s what would happen. He said DACA and did not use the word amnesty, but he cannot veto a bill that includes any form of amnesty, especially if it’s the year end spending bill.
Or can he?
I suppose he could make a public statement and explain that Congress included amnesty in the bill and put the blame squarely on them. If he does that, then he alienates Congress for the rest of his term, but if he signs the bill he breaks his campaign promises. I guess we’ll see if Paul Ryan has him backed into a corner or if he stands by his word.