After Amnesty Defeat, Paul Ryan Prepares His Exit, by Joe Guzzardi

Paul Ryan is one of those “mainstream” Republicans who has done nothing to stop the expansion of the government at home and abroad. From Joe Guzzardi at

In a fitting boot out the door, lame duck House Speaker Paul Ryan’s amnesty bill, the one he called a compromise, suffered a humiliating 121-to-301 defeat. To rub salt into Ryan’s wounds, the bill he sponsored with Jeff Denham and Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte received 72 fewer voters than the Secure America’s Future Act that included mandatory E-Verify, a program toxic to Ryan and the donor-dependent GOP contingent.

Ryan’s H.R. 6136 would have amnestied at least 1.8 million illegal immigrants, and rewarded them with lifetime work authorization permits and Social Security numbers, as well as other affirmative benefits. Moreover, no significant chain migration cuts would have been made. A $25 billion fig leaf offer to fund a border wall had no tangible guarantees, and future administrations could have scotched it. Amnesty came first, border security later, if ever. In short, Ryan’s bill would translate into more amnesty, more fraudulent asylum appeals and sharp population growth.

A review of the roll call vote shows the depth of the GOP leadership’s commitment to amnesty, open borders, more jobs for foreign nationals and, correspondingly, lower American employment.

Here’s the rogue’s gallery of Ryan-led “aye” voters: Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader; Steve Scalise, Majority Whip; Mike McCaul, Homeland Security Committee Chair; Cathy McMorris Rodgers, House Republican Conference Chair; Ways and Means Chair, Kevin Brady; Appropriations Chair, Rodney Frelinghuysen; Financial Services Chair, Jeb Hensarling; House Foreign Affairs Chair, Ed Royce, and Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Chair, Tim Walberg. The list is longer, but the point is made.

These and others in the GOP establishment are in cahoots with the most extreme pro-amnesty, “aye” voting radicals that include California’s Judy Chu, Illinois’ Luis Gutiérrez, and Wisconsin’s Mark Pocan.

But good news: Congress is finding it harder and harder to defend immigration legislation that gives the spoils to the investor class and leaves wage-earning Americans with the bill.

To continue reading: After Amnesty Defeat, Paul Ryan Prepares His Exit

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