Influential Rep. Paul Ryan, in the latest demonstration of distrust between the GOP and President Obama, said that broad immigration reform is dead because Republicans have “no confidence or faith” that the president will do as Congress orders on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“There is just no confidence or faith that the president will faithfully discharge his duties in executing and implementing the laws as written by Congress at this time,” said Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee and current budget committee chairman.
As the GOP debates limited reform this week, Ryan said that all the party will consider now is narrowly focused legislation to take care of the current border crisis and the tens of thousands of illegal and unaccompanied teens seeking asylum.
But he said that there is no chance that broad reform, like the type he supports or that already passed by the Democrat-controlled Senate, will ever see the light of day.
“It’s hard to see in this climate,” he said at a breakfast with reporters organized by the Christian Science Monitor when asked if a package could pass during Obama’s final years.
He added: “I think we need to deal narrowly with the border crisis, but because of the demonstrated distrust of the president in enforcing the laws, it’s very hard to see how Republicans can come together with a solution that we expect the president to enforce the laws.”Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.