Last Friday, in a move that surprised many who are used to seeing Paul Ryan as a simple rubber stamp for Donald Trump, the Speaker of the House gave an interview to local Wisconsin radio station WCLO in Janesville.
During that interview, Speaker Ryan indicated his disapproval of Donald Trump’s plan to scrap DACA, President Obama’s executive action that deferred deportation for undocumented immigrants who have been model citizens. Asked about Trump’s move on DACA, Ryan said:
I actually don’t think he should do that. I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix.”
After noting that he didn’t believe President Obama had the authority to issue the DACA order in the first place, he said the effect of it has been palpable, and that ending it abruptly would leave people “in limbo.”
These are kids who know no other country who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home, and so I really do believe that there should be a legislative solution. That’s one that we’re working on. We want to give people peace of mind.”
Never mind all that, though. Today, unrepentant bigot Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Attorney General, unveiled the administration’s plan to end DACA with a six-month delay, as was widely expected. After Sessions’ lie-filled and racist speech, which was a horrible thing to behold in its own right, Speaker Ryan issued another statement, presumably taking the place of the radio interview I’m sure he assumed nobody heard.
In the statement, Ryan said that Trump’s action on DACA was the fulfillment of one of his many campaign promises:
Congress writes laws, not the president, and ending this program fulfills a promise that President Trump made to restore the proper role of the executive and legislative branches.”
I’m not sure how Paul Ryan thinks that a guy who added a signing statement calling the Russia sanctions he begrudgingly approved an encroachment on his “executive authority” (although it was passed by both chambers by wide margins) is restoring the “proper role” of the two main branches of government.
That’s a question for another day, when Paul Ryan will have some other opinion entirely, we presume.
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