Less than one week since Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the election and GOP leaders in the House of Representatives are already turning back on key planks in his platform.
This week Speaker Paul Ryan declared in no uncertain terms that this will be “no deportations,” despite Trump’s pledge of decreasing illegal immigration by several times that current rate.
Here’s more detail from Breitbart:
Removing illegal immigrants will not be a “focus” of a Trump administration, says Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, a longstanding supporter of open borders and cheap labor.
Less than a week after President-elect Donald J. Trump’s historic upset, Speaker Ryan is now telling voters that he will not enact a central part of Trump’s “mandate” given to him by the American people: namely, Trump’s repeated pledge to enforce U.S. immigration law and to allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to do its job by removing people in the country illegally.
“We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump’s not planning on that,” Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union.
“I think we should put people’s minds at ease: That is not what our focus is. That is not what we’re focused on. We’re focused on securing the border. We think that’s first and foremost, before we get into any other immigration issue, we’ve got to know who’s coming and going into the country– we’ve got to secure the border,” Ryan said.
Yet, as Vice President-elect Mike Pence explained during the Vice Presidential debate the nation already has a “deportation force”.
“We have a deportation force. It is called Immigrations and Customs Enforcement,” Pence said, and “for the first time in their history, their union endorsed Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States.”