After being elected speaker of the House, Paul Ryan made it pretty clear that he was unwilling to work with the White House on immigration reform. According to the Wisconsin Republican, President Obama was “circumventing the legislative process” through his 2014 executive order that aimed to put millions of unauthorized immigrants on the path to legal citizenship. (The order is currently languishing in court.)
“I think it would be a ridiculous notion to try and work on an issue like this with a president we simply cannot trust on this issue,” Ryan said in an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation. “So, that is not in the cards.”
Never mind that similar executive orders on immigration have been enacted by both Democrat and Republican presidents in the past. Delays in addressing the country’s broken immigration system have negative economic consequences, too. According to a new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, federal and state policies that allow unauthorized immigrants to live and work in the country, and that help improve their earning potential, can significantly raise their contributions to state and local tax revenue.