In the Washington Examiner, Byron York reports on the perfidy of Paul Ryan:
THE GOP FIGHT THAT STOPPED TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION PLAN. In the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump's highest-profile promise was to build the wall — that is, to construct a barrier along about 1,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. Once elected, Trump's best chance to win money from Congress for a wall came in 2018, when Republican Speaker Paul Ryan controlled the House and Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell controlled the Senate.
It didn't happen. Now, one of Trump's strongest supporters on Capitol Hill, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, is out with a new memoir, Do What You Said You Would Do, out Nov. 23, that describes those months when GOP lawmakers fought over competing visions of immigration reform. The battle was intense, it was passionate, and it came to nothing. No stricter immigration laws were passed, and there was no significant funding for a wall. For that failure, Jordan points the finger of blame straight at then-Speaker Ryan.
"Paul Ryan is not where the American people are," Jordan writes. "Paul Ryan's position on immigration is the same as the positions of the National Chamber of Commerce." In the world of conservative immigration policy activists, accusing someone of siding with the Chamber of Commerce is about as harsh as it gets.
As Jordan tells it, Ryan sabotaged Republican immigration reform by refusing to support a bill that the large majority of Republicans supported, instead pushing a weaker bill that the chamber supported. The result was that, facing united Democratic opposition, neither Republican bill passed.
The bill promoted by Jordan and his colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus would have "ended family-based chain migration apart from spouses and children," Jordan writes. "It contained mandatory E-Verify language for employers and eliminated the visa lottery ... [it] also defunded sanctuary cities and appropriated $30 billion for construction of the wall." The bill, Jordan argues, "was consistent with the message of the 2016 election."
The bill supported by Ryan would also have funded the wall, albeit with $25 billion. "But it did nothing else to address the problems we were elected to solve," Jordan writes. "It had no language to address chain migration, E-Verify, or sanctuary cities ... [It] also created a renewable six-year legal status for up to 2.4 million illegal immigrants and gave those individuals a path to legal citizenship." Finally, while the bill ended the visa lottery, it "reallocated those visas to amnesty recipients."
So Ryan was willing to pretend to build a wall, but not willing to even pretend to curb legal immigration. And of course, he was pretending.
Another point: the tactical purpose of the Ryan bill was to give anti-border GOPs an alternative pro-wall bill to vote for, for campaign purposes, allowing them to vote against the better Freedom Caucus bill, ensuring that both would fail.
Why would Ryan do this? Well, he's on the board of directors of two companies now that he's retired from the Speaker's position, and has started his own nonprofit, which no doubt gets donations from various industries profiteering off cheap labor. See Paul Ryan Is Poised to Earn Millions When He Retires Next Year, Bloomberg, April 12, 2018.