Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has no backbone. He has consistently refused to call out President Trump on his lying and his unpresidential behavior. He skirts around any issue he may have with Trump without mentioning the president by name.

Last week, however, he actually said that Trump shouldn’t end DACA. In interview with a hometown radio station, he said he favored keeping DACA in place.

“I actually don’t think he should do that,” Ryan said when asked about Trump’s proposal to end DACA. “I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix.”

That brief moment of speaking what he actually felt was short lived. Yesterday he reversed course and found a way to actually praise the president’s actions in a statement he released after Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement of Trump’s intention to end DACA.

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.

 

– Staff
 

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