House Speaker Paul Ryan says that the President should keep President Barack Obama’s DACA program even though he previously said that “Obama did not have the legislative authority to do what he did.”
Ryan told a Wisconsin radio show on Friday that President Donald Trump should let Congress decide how to deal with DACA.
Here is what Ryan told WCLO Janesville:
“I ACTUALLY DON’T THINK HE SHOULD [END DACA], AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS SOMETHING CONGRESS HAS TO FIX.”
“LET ME BACK UP FOR A SECOND. PRESIDENT OBAMA DID NOT HAVE THE LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY TO WHAT HE DID. YOU CAN’T, AS AN EXECUTIVE, WRITE LAW OUT OF THIN AIR, AND SO THAT IS VERY VERY CLEAR. WE’VE MADE THAT VERY CLEAR. HAVING SAID ALL OF THAT, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN LIMBO. THESE ARE KIDS WHO KNOW NO OTHER COUNTRY WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE BY THEIR PARENTS AND DON’T KNOW ANOTHER HOME AND SO I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION. THAT IS ONE THAT WE ARE WORKING ON, AND I THINK WE WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE PEACE OF MIND AND SO I’VE HAD PLENTY OF CONVERSATIONS WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ABOUT THIS ISSUE, AND I THINK THE PRESIDENT AS WELL HAS MENTIONED THAT HE WANTS TO HAVE A HUMANE S0LUTION FOR THIS PROBLEM, AND I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE IN CONGRESS ARE WORKING ON AND NEED TO DELIVER.”
Ryan says that he champions “any willing worker” and says that immigration levels should be kept high to make sure that wages stay low.