Ryan: Border security No. 1 priority for GOP on immigration

February 3, 2014

Paul Ryan
Republican leaders said Sunday that their immigration plan centers around tightening border security before looking at opportunities for legal residency, while the Obama administration said it can’t support a plan that doesn’t include a path to citizenship.

“We don’t trust the president to enforce the law,” Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “First, we have to secure the border, have interior enforcement, which is a worker verification system, a visa tracking program. Those things have to be in law, in practice and independently verified before the rest of the law can occur.”

Without Democratic support to secure the border, Mr. Ryan said getting a bill on the president’s desk this year is “clearly in doubt.”

In a brief document circulated at the GOP policy retreat last week in Maryland, Republicans unveiled a plan to move forward on immigration reform, including changing the system to make it more difficult for immigrants to move their families to America, closing the gates to future illegal immigrants and giving young illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, said Republicans still support a step-by-step reform rather than a comprehensive overhaul. It’s smart to talk about the “Dreamers” — young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and raised here — he said, since the majority of both parties believe they should have a path to citizenship.

24 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • TakeBackOurCountry says:

    Ryan and Cantor… you have betrayed the Party and I personally don’t take this kind of behavior lightly. You both have deeply disappointed a huge percentage of those who gave you their vote and you have rewarded us with a knife in the back. What in the world could have done this to you?

  • Upaces says:

    This took me 5 minutes:

    1) Have those that are already here — register (just like our ancestors did at Ellis Island);
    2) Background checks are a MUST;
    3) After they register, they MUST attend classes to learn to read and speak English (most community colleges offer classes);
    4) They must learn the Constitution; Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence (and be tested);
    5) They must then go before a judge to be sworn in as an American Citizen.
    6) The men “must” join the Military if he is under 30 years of age.
    7) They must have a health Check

    The adults will NEVER receive Social Security benefits because they have not paid into it.

    They are NOT to receive food stamps for the same reason. They have never paid into the system to warrant receiving food stamps.

    8) Put the Military on the border. Place signs at every major path where they come into the U.S. Also run ads in all the major newspapers; and give a press release to every major TV station in Mexico.
    IF shot crossing the border “illegally, any lawsuits will not be accepted in any U.S. court.

    Individuals who hire illegals will be fined $25,000 per person (prior to this, the fine was only $250 here in Texas;

    Corporations who hire illegals will be fined $50,00 per person;

    It is illegal to house illegals. It is already in law that Real Estate Sales Reps as well as apartments cannot rent to them. They do anyway. FINE THEM MUCH MORE HEAVILY and if it is the 2nd offense, they should lose their real estate license and/or be put in jail.

    Community Colleges allow them to register for school. They should also be heavily fined.

    To stop the illegals (and dope runners) from crossing the borders, put the Military on the border. Prior to ​ that, run an ad in every major newspaper in Mexico, Central America that they will be shot if caught trying to cross the border. NO LAW SUITS WILL BE HONORED BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    And, YES, there will be profiling…Anyone who is a U.S. citizen will NOT have a problem proudly showing their Drivers License, correct legal papers; or any other proof. THEY ARE, AFTER ALL, INVADING OUR COUNTRY and this has to be stopped and they will agree with us.

  • PALADIN says:

    BOTH parties want them here. They have no intention of securing the borders. They are, instead, making way to have it even more open for the partnership between Mexico, US, and Canada. It used to be the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). I think they renamed it now (they’ll change names like that when people have become too familiar with something). The rino’s continue to talk big about securing the borders before anything else and then end up caving in. If they were actually serious about defending and securing our country, they would pass a bill that ONLY secures the border. Then they can talk later about the other stuff. Remember Reagan’s amnesty? He did that on the promise the border would be secured. THAT part never happened! I am sick and tired of time and time again, our supposed reps cave in to whatever the libs want. They’ll always talk big, then cave. In fact, I’m starting to have my doubts about it actually being ‘caved’. I think it was the intention all along. It’s both parties version of ‘good cop, bad cop’. They are actually working together to get what THEY want—-NOT what’s good for the U.S.

  • Debbie says:

    No new laws needed-enforce current laws including no welfare, healthcare or education to illegals!

  • Dave Batz says:

    How many times over the how many years have We, the citizens, been told that the borders will be secured? And you would believe them now? That coming from any politician of any party? What is needed is 100% security, not the partial, incomplete, and underfunded system in place now. We all know there are places on all of our borders and coasts where people can enter our nation, simply by walking accross, or any other form of entry. “Border Security” costs money, big money, and so far NO politician has voted to fully fund 100% and implement 100%, and probably never will. For that we have people entering illegally, staying and residing in large numbers, and the costs thereof, that leads to “We can’t afford to deport them all”. The results are evident in that any moves by Congress to “Secure” the borders will remain underfunded and incomplete, simply because they’ll say there’s not enough money for that. Unfortunately, many American citizens will believe that too.

  • gypsy314 says:

    No to any type of amnesty or pathway to citizenship. Folks we should never reward law breakers just because of they were not brought here on the own. I say do not let parents of the hook tell them come and get your child this is law and if they child is now adult then they should no better to break laws period. I say reunite them with there family’s. Give illegal aliens a year to reach out to family’s beck home in there country. Go to back of line and come here legally. Employers hiring illegal should be jail time and fines to the hilt.

  • junkmailbin says:

    Do not trust Boner, Ryan, or any of the establishment Republicans. Do not come out with any immigration legislation until the Senate withdraws their bill.
    Have no negotiations with the Senate period. Over ride the illegal amnesty given by the president and push enforcement only for three years.

  • Americaneagle1 says:

    20 million Americans are out of work. Wait til the average Joe finds out that they’ve been replaced by illegals. Then Republicans traitors and Dems will find out what wrath of American voter feels like. join numbersusa on the web contact Congress by phone or email, or fax. show your voting power next election

    1. truepatriotintx says:

      If blanket amnesty is given, it won’t matter how many of us vote because there won’t be enough to carry a majority of anything. America will be forever BLUE and we cannot allow that to happen!

  • AmericanIcon says:

    !. Secure the border. 2. Clean house of ALL illegals – including the one in the Oval Office. 3. Then discuss ‘immigration reform’. NO amnesty, NO ‘shortcut to citizenship, NO appeasement of thugs and lawbreakers.

    1. tiredofit2014 says:

      1. Repeal the 1965 Immigration Act

      2. Repeal birthright citizenship

      3. Dismantle H1b and Student Visa loopholes

      4. Establish a “primarily” skills based immigration subject
      to our needs not to exceed 250K per year.

      5. Build the fence that was already appropriated.

      6. Enforce E-Verify

      1. PJ says:

        Amen to that! Should have been done years ago!

  • paulyz says:

    Republican Leadership: Let’s see the actions, not the words. So many times you say one thing, then all we get is “another” Amnesty. We need like you said, the border FULLY secured, mandatory E-verify, & stopping ALL visa overstays, and as a (separate policy), because any “comprehensive policy” will never be enforced. We have seen this over & over. Obama & the Dems. clearly do NOT want anything but Amnesty & Citizenship to ensure they control government for all time.

  • Sarrah Goldblume says:

    ImmigrationCounters.com provides the key numbers and events related to illegal immigration in the United States. Using the latest government and private sources, research and analysis trending data is factored at their individual rates of increase. For information about the research behind the individual counters clickhere Data Sources. ImmigrationCounters.com supports legal immigration and respect for all humanity yet highlights the significant impact of illegal immigration in America


  • TexRancher says:

    While Congress and the AMNESTY CONSPIRATORS continue to play games with immigration, the problem gets worse as millions more are still heading this way. At the same time guess who is getting hurt and paying the bills? First the AMERICAN taxpayer who is also the victim of crimes committed by ILLEGAL INVADERS. Remember, these people have absolutely no allegiance to this country only its wealth. Then there are the honest immigrants who have waited years, spent thousands of dollars and obeyed the law to come here LEGALLY and are being displaced by the actions of the AMNESTY CONSPIRATORS who are selling out the sovereignty of this country for a few pieces of political silver! In the end, this country will turn into another third world cesspool!
    We have laws for a reason and the socialist/democrats aided by a few RINOs are doing all they can to ignore them! TRAITORS!

      1. PJ says:

        Sarrah, what is your point? America welcomes Legal Immigrants. We can’t support all the Illegals who are breaking our laws by entering our county illegally. Good for Israel…at least they are deporting which is a heck of a lot cheaper than trying to support them all, especially if they don’t have the space and infrastructure. Also, are the Jews immigrating to Sweden legally? It didn’t say.

        1. Sarrah Goldblume says:

          History indisputably shows leftist Jews pushing Illegal Immigration on every country hanging their hat on the falsehood” diversity is a strength” yet want NONE of it for their own country. We have lost our identity. Australia, England, America, Ireland, all filled to the brim with Illegals due to the credit of
          Jewish organizations. Illegal Immigration is but one tool to gut and loot a country.

          IMO the protocols are being lived out in front of our very eyes.


    1. paulyz says:

      Tex, you are spot on……….

    2. Jeff says:

      That why we have to be a pain in their ass, and stay on your elected afficails. Also this next election is very important and get people elected that go by our constitution and our laws!

    3. hora says:

      For said what you said many call my idiot, racist all you can imaginate.
      But Mexican must ban for come here and stay. Are so many idiot American who don’t know nothing. But real I don’t thing GOP have a real idea of support immigration, for now must show interest but is not real. Majority of voter easy 70% opposite ant immigration reform , but how I see all come, Dems go to a own funeral in November, that why Nobuma are crazy won pass reform that years, Loose a Majority Congress and Senate is a dead penalty, after we can easy impeach Nobuma.

  • BH says:

    When you have a major water leak in your house, the first thing you do is stop the flow of water, then you can decide on how to correct the problem. The same with the borders, stop the flow of illegals, then we can figure out the rest.

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