Paul Ryan Is Lying to the Public About His Real Position on DREAMers - He's Actually Trying to Deport Them

In January 2017, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan assured a frightened Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient and her young daughter that they had nothing to worry about:


"I want you to know that DACA has helped me. Do you think that I should be deported?" the woman asked, standing alongside her daughter.

"No," Ryan replied. "First of all, I can see that you love your daughter and you are a nice person who has a great future ahead of you, and I hope your future is here.

The young mom does indeed deserve the chance to have a great future, and that future should be here in the only country she’s ever known as home. Ryan, on the other hand, was full of shit:

Ryan in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday sought to discourage fellow Republicans from signing a measure that would force an immigration vote, members leaving the meeting said.

Rep. Bill Flores paraphrased the speaker as telling Republicans to "quit messing around with the discharge petition" and that it's "not a path to success."

The discharge petition, a long-shot legislative move that would force a vote on something like the DREAM Act, needs the support of at least 25 House Republicans. Only 19 of them have signed on so far, and Ryan is clearly arm-twisting other potential signatories into backing off:

California Rep. Jeff Denham said backers of the petition remain confident they have "more than enough votes." They believe they can hit the required number of signatures this week.

Actions, not words, are what’s needed. Nearly 35 House Republicans signed a letterlate last year urging Ryan to act on permanent protections, more than enough to make up the missing votes from the discharge petition. Grow some backbone. Buck Ryan at least once, before he goes home for good.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.