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Of Course Paul Ryan Would Push Amnesty Through Congress, But There’s More…

Our friend Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies posed the question, “Would a Speaker Ryan Push Through Amnesty?” in a column in yesterday’s National Review

Paul RyanAfter a lengthy examination of Paul Ryan’s pro-amnesty record Krikorian concluded that “A vote for Paul Ryan is a vote for Gang of Eight style amnesty that includes massive increases in legal immigration and replacing American workers with foreign-born workers.” 

That Ryan has been a proponent of amnesty should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the amnesty debate, and the role of Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio in advancing the idea of granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. 

But Krikorian might bring many conservatives up short with his detailed documentation of how Paul Ryan has pushed for open borders and more legal immigration as well as amnesty. 

Krikorian wrote, “I think it’s almost certain Ryan would bring an amnesty/immigration-surge bill to the House floor, which would pass with monolithic Democratic support plus enough Gutierrez Republicans to get to 218.” 

Mark Krikorian explains this is because for Ryan immigration isn’t a matter of appeasing corporate lobbyists, as with Boehner, or a response to changes in his district’s electorate, as with McCarthy.  

Ryan is a true-believer in unlimited employer-driven immigration, says Krikorian.  John Fonte writes that Ryan is the leading figure in the faction he labels “neo-Kemp idealists” on immigration. Bob Costa’s long NRO piece in 2013 on Ryan’s central role in pushing for ever-higher levels of immigration, inspired by Kemp, cites an earlier Wired observation that Ryan’s “ties to the pro-immigration mafia ran deep.” 

Paul Mirengoff at Powerline notes the curious result of a Ryan speakership:

It would be ironic, but perhaps not altogether surprising, if the Republican Freedom Caucus pushed John Boehner out and stymied Kevin McCarthy for being insufficiently hard-line conservatives, only to consent to Luis Gutierrez’s favorite choice for Republican Speaker. 

 Krikorian is right about Ryan and open borders. As we noted back in 2013:

We think Pat Buchanan made a great point when he wrote in a July 2, 2013 column, “Why the Reagan Democrats Departed” that, “For a generation, when forced to choose between Middle America and corporate America, on NAFTA, most-favored nation for China, and free trade, the GOP establishment opted to go with the Fortune 500. In the GOP the corporate conservative rides up front; the social, cultural and patriotic conservatives in the back of the bus…” 

Unfortunately, along with Paul Ryan’s fine personal qualities comes a penchant for granting the kind of deference to the interests of the establishment Republican Party’s corporate paymasters that Pat Buchanan decried. 

Mark Krikorian closed his article by concluding, “Ryan may look at the political price Marco Rubio has paid for serving as the front man for Chuck Schumer’s immigration agenda, and add that to his reasons for passing on the Speaker’s gavel. Both he and the country would better served if he remained as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, where he can do the most good, and the least harm.” 

We couldn’t agree more.  

Paul Ryan’s record of supporting amnesty for illegal aliens, the open borders policies that are destroying the quality of life for millions of American families, TARP, supporting the Bush administration’s spending binge, supporting the 2011 debt ceiling deal and leading the Ryan-Murray budget negotiation to un-do the one conservative element of that deal that was actually working, shows that, despite the evidence that he lives his personal life according to conservative principles, he cannot be trusted to lead Republicans to govern America according to limited government constitutional conservative principles. 

We urge grassroots principled limited government constitutional conservatives to call their Representative and demand they oppose the election of another establishment Speaker, like Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, and instead vote for a conservative, like Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida, for Speaker. The House switchboard is 1-866-220-0044 - call now!

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Webster as Speaker

Since Webster's Florida district has been decimated,he may not win his next election. It would seem like the perfect time for him to be the next Speaker of the House.


While he doesn't seem predisposed to do it again I respectfully believe at this moment we need a blast from the past and a terrific potential interim Speaker of the House in Newt Gingrich! I was on public written record immediately after John Boehner decided to step down.