GOP rising stars back off support for immigration relief measures

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 5, 2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – If millions of undocumented immigrants continue to hold out hope that immigration reform will soon pass congress, it seems they’re in for more disappointment.

New House Speaker Paul Ryan used his first press conference in Washington DC to reiterate that he will not budge when it comes to immigration.

While Ryan has supported immigration reform in the past, he now has said that he is not moving forward with a comprehensive bill — until President Barack Obama leaves office.

In an interview with CNN, Ryan said he doesn’t plan on bringing up the issue on Capitol Hill and he blames one person for that.  He explained, “This president went beyond his separation of powers to try and write the law. Presidents don’t write laws, Congress writes laws. So why would we want to pass legislation on a very divisive issue with a president we can’t trust on this issue?”

Ryan is blaming President Obama for issuing executive orders to stop the deportations of some undocumented immigrants — as the reason why he chooses not to move forward with the bill, which has a chance of passing the House, if it was put to a bipartisan vote.

Meantime, at a campaign event in New Hampshire, GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio said President Obama’s deportation deferral program, which has already allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth to stay and work in America has to stop — with or without comprehensive immigration reform.

Rubio expressed, “We should stop new enrollment. This program has now been around for three years. If you haven’t signed up by now, know that we’re not going to extend the program. DACA is going to end.  The ideal way for it to end is that it’s replaced by a reform system, that creates an alternative. But if it doesn’t —  it will end. It cannot be the permanent policy of the United States.”

Recipients of President Obama’s deportation deferral program need to reapply every two years. And Rubio, if he becomes president, can choose to end the program and leave those Dreamers at risk of being deported.

As the fate of undocumented immigrants continues to remain uncertain, what’s clear for now is that two of the Republican Party’s rising candidates – Ryan and Rubio – have abandoned efforts to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul. And what’s even clearer is that they’re shifting their focus to enforcement and a stricter border security.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • noz
    5 November 2015 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    the out of control skyrocket estimated 30-50M illegal aliens are the evidence, america is under siege, after reagan’s amnesty in the 80′, his predecessors did not do their jobs of deporting illegal aliens, the worst of all is obobo, he dragged through the mud the rules of immigration laws, by shielding the illegal aliens, an impeachable offense for not doing a job, only a POTUS, by law must do of deporting illegal aliens. the millions illegal aliens’ illegal deeds are not only gross, it sure are making americans angry to learn america’s sovereignty have been assaulted by the illegal aliens, smacked right to each / everyone’s faces. the nerves of these illegal aliens of their demands to rewrite aka reform the existing immigration laws to legalize all of illegal aliens’ illegal feats, when all along the immigration laws were written to protect the citizens of the USA, not the illegal alien invaders. the hispanic militant groups, like the la raza are all out to force the demorats, which they have allied with to secure the total hispanic votes, in return favors are open borders with their atrocious claims the USA took their lands, that belong to mexico. these crazies are dangerous to be recognized and must be overthrown by a government for the people of the USA, and NOT by a government, under obobo or his party, whose priorities are for the illegal aliens.

    • Arbi
      6 November 2015 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Oh lord, when you gonna stop being delusional? did you rise from your grave? someone told me me you passed away already…..

      • noz
        7 November 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

        CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF, YOU OUGHT TO DIE FOR YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED ASSHAT CROOK, LIKE YOUR LOVER BOY USELESS OBUMMER. CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF IDIOT LIKE YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS OF AIRING YOUR ASS WRITING. YOU MUST GET LOST OR BE DUMPED IN YOUR SQUATTER LAND.

        • Arbi
          8 November 2015 at 4:35 am - Reply

          THIS CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF, ALONG WITH THE OTHER COMPADRES, ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEVES ARE ALL SELF DESCRIBING THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES OF THE CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEVES, WHICH TRUMP IS GOING TO TRAMPLE ONCE / FOR ALL. THIS BABOON ESCAPED FROM HIS BABOONLAND IS DOING HIS OWN SELF DESCRIPTIONS OF WHAT BABOON LOOKS LIKE, THE F–K UP FACE I HAVE BEEN DESCRIBING THIS A$$HOLE, TOGETHER WITH HIS BETTER HALF TIED IN EACH OTHER REAR ENDS ARE ALL SUCKING TAXPAYERS HARD EARNED CASH. THE CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS THIEVES OF AMERICA ARE GOING TO BE DUMPED IN THE LANDFILL OF THEIR NATION SLUMS SOON.

          • noz
            12 January 2016 at 3:37 pm -

            YOU ARE AN IDIOT CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF, THE FACT YOU PASTED WHAT I WROTE WHICH I DIRECTED TO YOU AND YOUR KIND CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEVES. YOUR LOVER BOY OBOBO IS LOOKING FOR YOU FOR REMOVAL FROM THE USA SOIL. 121 CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEVES REMOVAL IS A JOKE, HE SHOULD HAVE DEPORTED MILLIONS, FOR SURE, WITH SUCH BROAD NUMBERS IS TO INCLUDE YOU, THEN DUMPED YOU IN YOUR RATHOLE.

  • filam
    9 November 2015 at 6:54 pm - Reply
  • Santiago Del Mundo
    13 January 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply

    It’s the same politicians you’re voting for are ruining everything in the U.S.

  • HELLO
    13 January 2016 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Ryan is “NUTS” He wants to help people that broke the law in America. Hey how fast you forget the people that die in wars to keep America in the right way not the wrong way. Ryan why don’t you get out of office you loser, people like you should get a kick in the rear end so that you wake-up my friend. Your a “DONKEY.” With no brains.

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