Paul Ryan was on Mark Levin’s show on Tuesday discussing immigration. You know, the same Paul Ryan that with his tag-team partner Marco Rubio, has been pushing for a “comprehensive immigration” bill. I’ll give him credit for his courage.
Levin told Ryan that some new immigration numbers were just-released. He said that new CBO estimates are that the Senate bill will only reduce illegal immigration by 25%. Ryan responded by saying that the House will not focus or discuss the Senate bill and will only focus on their own bill.
Ryan said that “this problem” has to be dealt with. The “problem” being illegals, but he would not say the words “illegal alien” or “illegal.” He called them “undocumented workers.”
Ryan continued saying that we had a law in 1986, and it didn’t work nor did the 1996 or 2006 laws. Ryan claimed, as Levin laughed out loud, that Congress wants to get it right this time.
Naturally Mark asked him: “Why should we trust you [guys]?” Ryan said that this time they would have “real metrics” that would have to be met to secure the border. Not just DHS’s promise. He said the GAO would make the determination of border security. He then went on to explain the metrics that must be met regarding the undocumented workers.
Levin asked: “What if the illegal doesn’t meet your requirements? Are you going to deport them?” Ryan’s answer: “Yeah, then they are deportable, that’s the whole point.” Levin interrupted rather emphatically by saying that they’re not going to be deported!
Notice that Ryan said they are deportable, not that they would be deported. One has to listen very carefully as politicians throw out these code words.
Levin added that the president is in charge of who is deported, and he simply won’t do it no matter what Congress insists.
And of course Levin is correct. That’s why this argument is so specious. It sounds like tough talk, but that’s all it is. I’m reminded of the Bumble Snow Monster that looked scary but was harmless after his teeth were removed.
Ryan’s response was if you write a law, and they break the law, they are deportable. It can’t be fought or adjudicated. Huh? They already broke the law just getting here. What the heck do they care if they break another one?
Could someone as intelligent as Paul Ryan really be this naïve, or is it something else?
Ryan then asked Levin: “Do you believe we will find 11 million or more people, round them up and kick them out?” Levin’s answer: “No, under this administration we won’t round up a half million people.” Ryan said that no administration could do that, even if they tried.
Frankly, how would we know? We’ve never tried. And I beg to differ. You won’t get them all, but you can get 70% within a few months’ time with the will and a few thousand agents.
I live on the outskirts of a northeastern city. It’s a small city, but a city nonetheless. I guarantee, you give me 100 agents and a few days and I could find 75% of all illegals in my city. Why? Because they all settled in about a 10-block area downtown, and I’ll bet every city is the same. That’s why!
All of what Ryan continued to promote was in the 1986 amnesty bill. Levin pointed this out to him. Ryan didn’t really acknowledge it. He continued to drone on about metrics that have to be met regarding security and legal status of the undocumented workers. It didn’t convince Mark and it didn’t convince me.
Look, the bottom line is that all the metrics, the rules, and new laws are not going to solve the illegal problem. We have been debating this current problem for more than 25 years.
If Congress is , it would simply state that we can live with our current situation for another year or two. Therefore Congress’s proposal should be to secure the border…period. Each border State would then verify to its security. When that is completed, we can revisit the rest. It’s that simple and that’s why it will never be done. It’s not “comprehensive” enough!