Campaign 2010

Feb 17, 2013

Ryan Touts ‘Long Record’ on Immigration, Record is On Wrong Side of Issue

On ABC’s This Week, Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan tried to cast his party as willing to compromise on immigration, but continued to stand in the way of sensible comprehensive immigration reform. Ryan claimed: “I have a long record on immigration reform. I’m not a Johnny-come-lately on this issue.”


What Ryan neglected to mention is that his “long record” is one of hostility to immigrants.


Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has said that immigrants should be deported and leave the country before becoming eligible for a path to citizenship and voted to classify undocumented immigrants as felons. Congressman Ryan voted against the DREAM Act, which would allow a path to legal residency for young, undocumented immigrants first brought to the United States by their parents, and he pledged to “undo” an Executive Order by President Obama that halted deportation of these DREAM Act-eligible children. Congressman Ryan ran as the Vice Presidential nominee of Mitt Romney, who called for making America so hostile to undocumented immigrants that they would self-deport.




  • Ryan Said Illegal Immigrants Should be Required to Leave Country. “New legislation addressing immigration policies should require illegal immigrants seeking a green card or citizenship to leave the United States and reapply for citizenship outside of the U.S.” [PaulRyan.House.Gov, accessed 1/27/13]


  • Ryan Voted Against the DREAM Act.  In 2010, Congressman Paul Ryan voted against the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide a path to legal residency for young, undocumented immigrants first brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The measure would apply to qualifying adults under 30 who completed at least two years of college or military service. [HR 5281, Vote #625, 12/08/10]


  • Ryan Said Republican Administration Would “Undo” Obama’s Executive Orders.  “Here’s the great thing about a Mitt Romney presidency, for an executive order that came from the last president, the new president can undo it. And believe me, we’re planning that,” said Ryan. [Fox News, 9/24/12]


  • Ryan Voted to Declare Undocumented Immigrants Felons.  In 2005, Congressman Paul Ryan voted for a bill that would declare undocumented immigrants to be felons. The New York Times reported that the bill would “turn millions of undocumented immigrants into felons” while broadening the immigrant-smuggling statute to include “employees of social service agencies and church groups.” [HR 4437, Vote #661, 12/16/05; New York Times, 12/17/05]


  • Mitt Romney: Answer to Illegal Immigration is “Self-Deportation.” In 2012, during the Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Florida, when Romney was asked how he would address illegal immigration, Romney said “The answer is self-deportation, which is people decide they can do better by going home because they can’t find work here because they don’t have legal documentation to allow them to work here.” [New York Daily News, 1/24/12, Florida Republican Presidential Debate, Youtube video, 1/23/12]


  • Mitt Romney Pledged to Veto the DREAM Act. In 2012, during a campaign stop in northwestern Iowa, Romney pledged to veto the DREAM Act if Congress passed it and he was in the White House. [Los Angeles Times, 1/01/12