Paul Ryan On DACA: Congress Must Work For A Solution To Protect Young People Who Did Nothing Wrong

Via press release from House Speaker Paul Ryan:

However well-intentioned, President Obama’s DACA program was a clear abuse of executive authority, an attempt to create law out of thin air. Just as the courts have already struck down similar Obama policy, this was never a viable long-term solution to this challenge.

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.

But now there is more to do, and the president has called on Congress to act. The president’s announcement does not revoke permits immediately, and it is important that those affected have clarity on how this interim period will be carried out.

At the heart of this issue are young people who came to this country through no fault of their own, and for many of them it’s the only country they know. Their status is one of many immigration issues, such as border security and interior enforcement, which Congress has failed to adequately address over the years.

It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country.

  • Ham

    Then why not just leave it alone and then create the congressional solution concurrently? Why is everything repeal and replace with these people?

    • TexasBoy

      Trump has always been a “wreck, then try to fix it” person, when that doesn’t work, he declares bankruptcy. He just blames everyone else for his mistakes, and his minions believe him.

      • Nowhereman

        That is what he’s doing to the ACA.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    YOU know what, Paul. FUCK YOU. congress has known of this need for decades and political posturing and winking to racists has been more important than actually doing your fucking job, so fuck you all the way to China and fuck you when you get there and fuck you on the way back.

  • The_Wretched

    Let me hold my breath until it happens Ryan. No, I don’t think anyone will calm down. We know you’re incapable of stopping the teavangelicals and they want all the ‘Mexicans’ deported as well.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Fuck you, you worthless Russian shill

    • Nowhereman

      It really is looking like the entire republican party is complicit in the Trump-Russia scandal. May they ALL get what they deserve, and may we get the government that we need. We are basically adrift at sea with no lifeboats and a drunken captain.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • TK

    Yes, I’m sure the GOP will have nothing but the best interest of the Dreamers in mind as they attempt to implement laws deporting them and building walls https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c4d7c440639e8f0419900159e23fcab9d2daad78dc1f3271fb9c14b677e0a46e.jpg

  • Ninja0980

    You had a chance to do that for the past eight years and chose not to.

  • Bob Conti

    That’s pretty funny, Paulie-R… Yes, Trump’s motivation wasn’t racist in origin, but rather a commitment to restoring the Constitutional separation of powers. Riiiiiight…

  • Tiger Quinn

    Such an abuse of executive authority that….nobody did anything and it worked like a charm. Just drop dead, Paul Ryan.

  • jimbo65

    I see he’s mastered McCain speak. Endless handwringing while doing nothing significant to address the problem.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    President Obama’s DACA program was a clear abuse of executive authority,
    an attempt to create law out of thin air. – FUCKING WRONG. It IS within the President’s authority to determine how a law will be enforced. There is not enough resources to deport everyone, so the Chief Executive must make a decision on how resourced will be allocated.

    Just as the courts have already struck down similar Obama policy, this was never a viable long-term solution to this challenge – That’s right, he had to do something, because the Republican Congress are cowards and pussies and refused to allow a bipartisan bill to come up for a vote.

    • Nowhereman

      Funny how they don’t have a problem with Trump’s executive orders.

      • wmforr

        Or with Bush’s “signing statements”. “I signed this law, but I won’t fucking enforce it, and you can’t make me! Nya nya nya!” –G. Dubya Bush

  • james1200

    Ryan is doing the right thing for the first time in his political life. That means he’s about to get primaried by a Trump stormtrooper. He was last year, too, but they failed to take him out but I have a feeling Ryan is fucked this time.

    https://shechive.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/animated_trumppence_read_for_jelly2.gif?w=1187&h=1008

  • AtticusP

    Talk about a dilemma. As much as I would like to see both Trump and Pence removed, we would end up with this asshole as POTUS. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/879b01908a4e42f406008b2599f48a626e5d051d6dfc08e2d2ba595248ef429e.jpg

    • stuckinthewoods

      The best bloodless situation I could hope for would be mid-terms resulting in a Democratic House and Senate, selection of a Democratic House Speaker, impeach and remove Pence, impeach and convict Trump, leaving that new Speaker in line.

      • Michael White

        what i am working for.

      • zhera

        But that means another year with tRump in the Oval office…

        • David L. Caster

          Expect a full Trump first term. Hope for less or a muted Trump by Democrats controlling at least one house of Congress after 2018.

          • Todd20036

            If democrats run the House, expect impeachment proceedings.

            Even if Trump isn’t convicted, he’ll be too busy to do anything

      • Kruhn

        The impeachments have to be concurrent. If Pence is removed, Trump gets to nominate a new Vice President per the 25th Amendment.

        I don’t think you can impeach the President and VIce President at the same time.

        • RoverSerton

          Q: If a vice president assumes the presidency, who becomes vice president?
          A: The new president appoints someone to fill his or her old position, subject to congressional approval.

          The senate should then Garland him not vote till pence was also impeached.

          They deserve that treatment.

        • wmforr

          They always called Spiro Agnew “Nixon’s insurance policy”, but he got caught if financial skullduggery and forced out. Actually, Ford was a pretty safe choice, and he made Chevy Chase famous.

    • Dwight Williamson

      I see more of a Nixonian era . Pence equal Agnew. Ford equals some lame trustable Republican who becomes Vice President, only after secretly agreeing to pardon Trump. At the time it seemed unbelievable as well!

      • wmforr

        But, as we now well know, he can’t pardon him for State crimes. Expect Trump to flee to Moscow.

    • wmforr

      And if somehow Pense got his wallet caught in a Mafia deal, we’d end up with Ryan. But never fear, he’s a Catholic (witness anti-choice, aniti-homo), and their priority is caring for the poor, so I’m sooooo sure his faith would inform his politics on that one.
      By the way, anyone want to but a bridge in Brooklyn.

  • Michael R

    Legally aren’t those previously protected
    covered and changes affect future immigrants ?

  • bkmn

    But I will do nothing to help get any immigration bills passed…

  • Michael R
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  • Jacob

    This dude has a politically bi polar district. It almost makes him seem human at times. Or just an asshole with no moral compass. Yeah, the latter.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Let’s see. If an 18 month old baby can be charged with a crime for being brought into this country by its parents, then I guess Ivanka, Don Jr. & Eric can be subject to every penalty for every crime their father is guilty of? Good to know!

  • skyweaver

    Such a shell game of words. Just keep DACA in place and stop it with all the grandstanding

    • CanuckDon

      Exactly. What this fucking idiot just said is why it’s there in the first place!

      • Gustav2

        Because everything, and they mean everything, Obama did was unconstitutional.

    • Nowhereman

      They should keep it in place and add a path to citizenship. Conservatives have no idea how to put the shoe on the other foot. Would they feel any different if it was a member of their own family?

      • Bad Tom

        “Would they feel any different if it was a member of their own family?”

        Yes. Suddenly Light Would Dawn! They would see the error of their ways.
        ——-
        At least as far as it effected them.

      • skyweaver

        “Empathy gap” (coined by Dan Savage, as far as I know.) Conservatives only discover empathy when a social hot-button issue affects members of their only family

        • prixator

          Sometimes not even then; think of how many conservatives have been revealed to have participated in abortions and still vote to make them illegal/more difficult to obtain.

          • wmforr

            And whatsizname, the Black Conservative talk show host who lost the Senate race to Obama, due to the ex-husband of Seven of Nine dropping out after his sex-club habit was revealed in the divorce decree? [7 of 9 helped us get O for Prez.]
            The heartless fucker disowned his daughter (who worked on his campaign) after she came out as a lesbian.

          • Danny De Jayeff

            Alan Keyes, i think? It’s been a long time.

        • wmforr

          So? Maybe Mueller should check on Melania’s status and determine she’s actually in the country illegally…

      • wmforr

        Why, I ask, isn’t someone organizing a Dreamers’ Strike? Say all dreamers stay away from work for one week, and then we count how many billion dollars it screws the economy.

    • zhera

      It’s amazing how Ryan didn’t mention why Obama found it necessary to EO the DACA. Couldn’t have anything to do with the Do-Nothing Congress, could it?

      Congress could’ve fixed this problem many years ago, but somehow the current situation is Obama’s fault. GOP logic.

  • Bluto

    In other words, give us one hundred billion dollars for a fucking wall or the Dreamers get it.

    • Waarki

      Memories of Reagan’s ‘Amnesty’ program

  • bkmn

    Not sure if this is true but WaPo is reporting that if Dreamers renew their work permits by Oct. 5th they have two years – I have not seen other confirmation of this.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/05/trump-administration-announces-end-of-immigration-protection-program-for-dreamers/?utm_term=.1239ecfdc946

  • juanjo54

    When Reagan was president he did a suspended deportation program for people from El Salvador and Nicaragua who were refugees from the civil war. He didn’t want to but public pressure was very strong and Congress was about to pass a law requiring special treatment for Central American refugees of civil wars there. The point is that Republicans had no issue back then and the courts have consistently ruled that the power to decide these things is within the discretionary powers of the executive branch so long as they do not violate a specific constitutional provision [like Trump wanted to do with his Muslim ban].

    The rules the courts struck down on the parents of dreamers were knocked out because Obama tried to cut a couple corners he shouldn’t have cut and violate the laws concerning administrative/executive actions like this..

  • dcurlee

    Fucker I don’t trust you. You talk out of both sides of your mouth like the rest of them

  • RJ Bone

    He’s lying.

  • Tawreos

    Sounds like the usual GOP bullshit, some kind and caring words and their action will increase the size of the fucking that the targets of those words will receive.

  • Blake J Butler

    He’s a fucking pussy then, and he’s a pussy now. He will cower before the demands of the party.

    DACA recipients are doomed under GOP leadership.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • SFBruce

      No one wants to take responsibility for stabbing dreamers in the back. My fondest hope today is that it backfires in a huge way for Republicans.

  • SFBruce

    “…it is important that those affected have clarity on how this interim period will be carried out.”

    We certainly didn’t get that from Sessions, the guy weak, little Donnie pushed in front of the cameras to do his dirty work.

    • Nowhereman

      I can’t stand to hear that little racist asshole speak.

  • Ranger One

    What a pussy.

  • Adam King

    There was nothing preventing that hypocritical shitworm from legislating on this matter while Obama was President. What a horrible little sociopath.

    • SFBruce

      If by some miracle the Senate had voted on something like DACA, does anyone have even the most remote doubt about where Sessions would have landed?????

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    Executive orders are just that, no matter which president writes them, and their validity must stand on precedent.

  • DumbHairyApe

    That statement is going to be a lot funnier once he’s in jail along with Trump, Jared, Ivanka and the rest of them.

  • Ranger One

    This monkey, what is it, a Micac? By sucking Trump cock he will get into the public conscience? He is a lab rat.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PWH745MMMY

  • Will Parkinson

    Right? I mean you’re saving enough money by cutting off healthcare to millions of Americans who’ve done nothing wrong.

  • FAEN

    Less words, more action Howdy Doody.

  • jimbo65

    I often wonder why there hasn’t been frequent interviews with Obama about this nonsense. I understand that it’s protocol for former presidents not to comment on current ones. But lets be real, 45 has thrown all convention out the window.

    • Jonathan Smith

      Obama has class?

  • Publius

    I grew up in a deeply Hispanic neighborhood of Orange County (CA). Every other one of my childhood friends is affected by this reversal. We obviously need a legislative solution. But that will take (at the very least) people actually talking with their Congressman (who might be of an opposing party) in order to register their opinions about DACA-type legislation.

    For Trump “resisters,” this is your moment to show your anger towards Trump is more than just performative allyship. Time to do something real.

  • Treant

    Call me when you pass that, Ryan. Until then, lip service doesn’t interest me. Not from you, anyway.

  • Friday

    Yeah, like the Republican congress was falling all over itself trying to work with Obama to help Dreamers all along or something. Oh, no, wait, it was constant obstructionism and hostility.

  • BearEyes

    And you’re still too spineless to push for comprehensive immigration reform

  • Bad Tom

    President Obama would not have issued an Executive Order for DACA if the Republicans had not made it their single purpose to obstruct everything he tried to do.
    ——-
    How’s that obstruction of justice working out for ya’, Mr. Trump? Sleeping well?

  • Nowhereman

    Yeah, Paul, I’ll bet you and your crew will get right on this…

  • Stogiebear

    Congress writes laws, does it? Looks to me like you have an eight-years’ history of not doing just that because you were too busy making sure the uppity black man who dared to be President over white folks would not be allowed to succeed.

  • JWC

    Ryan is so remiescent of that Gary Larson “far side” cartoon where the pilgrim is trying to kill the turkey. After several frames of “swish swish swish” the final frame shows the turkey clutching the axe with the caption “Safest place is the back of the axe” Paul Ryans’s credo

  • Says Mr. I’ve Got Mine, Screw the Rest of You.

  • boatboy_srq

    The most sucky part of this is that unless the GOTea goes full metal nativist here they’ll end up looking like good guys. Which they are not, and would only be if they’d backed DACA to begin with.

  • SFBruce

    The rule of law is paramount when it comes to 800,000 immigrants who only know the US as their home; but when it comes to pardoning Joe Arpaio, who got caught violating the civil liberties of Latinos, not so much.

    • -M-

      And Arapaio wasn’t even going to jail for those crimes. His conviction was for contempt of court after being ordered to stop violating civil liberties, i.e. for a direct attack against the rule of law rather than for his crimes against people or for breaking laws regarding civil rights and proper procedures.

  • Paul stepping up to the plate – must mean that Muller has something!
    I wonder if Paul is posturing in front of the mirror and flashing that “I’m the V.P of America.”

  • Brian Trumm

    Paul and Mitchy are gettin’ kinda bitchy. … buyers regret.

  • Rich

    Easy fix then for Ryan, if he really believed that: Give all the DACA people a greencard. Done.

  • Ken M

    Again with the “Congressional Viable Solution?” Seems the health care resolution, or lack of, didn’t teach them much. My only REAL hope, and yes it will effect me, is that the government is forced to shut down do to Trumps ideologies. Congress can only be blamed for so much until Oct.

  • Kruhn

    Hey Paul! Remember the Gang of Seven Immigration Reform Plan that your colleagues in the House decided not to take despite Obama’s continued offers to make the plan as palatable to your Republican cronies as possible?

    Remember how the DREAM Act was filibustered by your colleagues on the other House?

    Paulie Walnuts had more integrity than you, you slimy politician son of a bitch! I hope you get your comeuppance. Asshole!

  • OdieDenCO

    moron! President Obama asked congress to fix the problem. You did nothing!
    President Obama issues DACA.
    You did nothing but bitch and moan!
    donny threatens to end DACA
    you’ll do nothing but bitch and moan!

    ITMFA! Do your job!

  • -M-

    “…with the president’s leadership…”
    Ha! As if.

    As for the rest, DACA was never intended to be anything but an interim policy while we waited for Congress to address the issue with legislation. They could have done so beforehand and there’d never have been a DACA executive order, or anytime since if they wanted to implement it as law and/or change the policy.

  • Beagle

    Then do something about it, Paul. Talk to someone who can move a bill forward. The Speaker of the House, or someone like that. /s

  • JCF

    Straight Dreamer bill, no furkin’ wall (or No Deal!)

  • Chris Lion

    Famous last words from this asshole who wanted to make healthcare a nightmare for Americans. I don’t trust this man as far as I could throw him (and with my bad knee, he wouldn’t go far…)

  • wmforr

    “Congress must work”? WHOO HA HA! Funniest thing I’ve heard all year. Congress working? Must be another conspiracy theory.

  • I am going to predict that a DACA bill will get tacked onto funding for the “border wall” and there will be politicians on both sides of the aisle who might have to hold their noses and vote yes.