Ryan’s Words on Obama Tax Plan Reveal Hypocrisy in Immigration Stance

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is not shy about criticizing President Obama’s tax reform proposal. “It’s a raw deal and I think it’s more crony capitalism,” Ryan charged during a recent interview. (The Hill, Aug. 1, 2013) “The president likes to pick winners and losers. He lets some businesses off the hook with Obamacare but he won’t let families and small businesses off the hook.” (Id.) Obama’s tax plan is “not fair,” said Ryan, “We want fairness.” (Id.)

Applying Ryan’s words to the immigration debate, the logical conclusion drawn is that Ryan favors enforcement. Instead, Ryan is, hypocritically, a champion for amnesty. As you can see below, Ryan’s words clearly demonstrate principles that oppose amnesty:

  • Amnesty is a “raw deal” and “crony politics” because it caters to special interests under the guise of immigration reform.
  • The Senate Gang of Eight bill picks “winners [illegal aliens; businesses]and losers [American workers].”
  • Amnesty lets rule-breakers “off the hook” by forgiving their violations of immigration law and in fact, encourages more unlawful behavior.
  • Amnesty is “not fair” to struggling American workers, particularly minorities, who will face even more competition for scarce jobs from a massive influx of cheap labor.

Paul Ryan and Speaker Boehner, the 22 million unemployed/underemployed Americans have a message for you: “We want fairness.” It is time to drop your illogical support for amnesty and instead focus on true immigration reform that protects the nation, the rule of law, and American workers.

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  1. avatar

    The worst kept secret in Washington D.C. is that Speaker John Boehner supports granting amnesty, legal status, and U.S. citizenship, to 12-20 million illegal immigrants. Boehner the other day refused to answer this simple question: Do you support giving U.S. citizenship to illegal immigrants? This is leadership? Speaker Boehner has a terrible problem in that at least two thirds of the House GOP caucus opposes amnesty so he must tred very very carefully. He justifiably fears he could be ousted as Speaker of the House because of his behind the scenes efforts at passing an amnesty bill via a House/Senate Conference Committee. It is imperative that anti-amnesty forces continue to train a blowtorch on Boehner’s butt until this amnesty threat is over.

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    cynthia curran on

    This is true, the right is more interested in defeating Obama-care so business will not be force to offer it but they support guest workers since business’s like that.