Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), the 2012 VP candidate known for his attempts to rein in federal spending, is emerging as a leading champion of amnesty in the GOP controlled U.S. House of Representatives.
If he assumes a leadership role in this debacle, Ryan — like U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) — can kiss his 2016 presidential aspirations goodbye. Working on behalf of rewarding lawlessness will not ingratiate either man with the grassroots conservatives who make up the base of the Republican Party.
Like Jeff Flake before him, Ryan has teamed up with liberal Chicago Democrat U.S. Rep. Luis “My only loyalty is to the immigrant community” Gutierrez — a steadfast amnesty supporter. They joined forces to push the issue at an event in Chicago, and have previously co-sponsored amnesty bills.
Ryan talks of the work ethic of immigrants, often mentioning his own Irish grandparents who fled the potato famine in the 1850s, ultimately starting a family farm in Wisconsin. Chances are they arrived legally via Ellis Island, didn’t march through American streets waving Irish flags and making demands, didn’t teach their children that the American southwest should be reconquered by Mexico, and were happy to become acclimated Americans.
The Congressional Budget Office has revised its previous estimates of the costs of implementing S. 744 — the amnesty bill. The latest analysis determines that Hoeven/Corker will add $40 billion to deficits (compared to the original bill — which they projected to cut deficits by hundreds of billions), while “significantly” improving border and interior enforcement. The CBO’s previous assessment assured that the ‘Gang of Eight’ legislation would curtail illegal inflow by 25 percent over a decade; presumably due to time constraints, CBO was unable to produce an updated numerical estimate for the new version.