Paul Ryan: Job of U.S. Lawmaker Is to Put Yourself in Shoes of Foreign Citizens

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As the donor class continues to push for a Paul Ryan Speakership, conservative activists have renewed their scrutiny of Ryan’s support for a radical Republican policy of open borders. Breitbart News has discovered yet another little-noticed video in which Ryan articulates his commitment to immigration policies that would dissolve America’s sovereignty.

The video, uploaded by the Journal Times, shows Ryan at a July 2013 bilingual Hispanic Listening Session in Racine, Wisconsin. At the meeting, Paul Ryan told a predominantly Hispanic audience that the job of a U.S. lawmaker is to put oneself in the shoes of foreign nationals who want to come to the United States, then work to discover solutions to make their lives better.

The Journal Times notes that the purpose of the meeting was for Ryan to “explai[n] to them his motives” for pushing to enact Marco Rubio’s amnesty and mass immigration agenda in the House of Representatives.

As Ryan spoke, translators conveyed his message to audience members who did not speak English.

Ryan declared:

This is the American Dream. This is the American idea. Look, put yourself in another person’s shoes, which if you’re in elected office, that’s what you kind of have to do that almost every single day. The job we have–and what we do is we take different people’s perspectives. The gentleman from India who’s waiting for his green card. The DREAMer who is waiting. We take all these different perspectives. We process it through our values and our morals and our principles. And then we come up with the answer to try and solve this problem. That’s basically what we do in our jobs.

Ryan’s statement may strike some listeners as bizarre—many may think that the job of U.S. Congressman ought to be to put himself in the shoes of his citizen constituents who elected him, giving their needs greater priority than the desires of someone from a foreign country.

Ryan’s message, however, of prioritizing the needs and desire of foreign nationals who do not reside in the United States, is in line with the thought process of those who support the principles of open borders—i.e., a policy of allowing foreign goods and labor to freely and legally cross into and out of the country without interference.

For instance, Marco Rubio—who co-authored the Gang of Eight amnesty bill and has supported several plans that would expand existing record-high immigration—said in the first presidential debate that the only people who don’t get enough attention and “who never ge[t] talked about in these debates” are the foreign citizens “who have been waiting for 15 years to come to the United States.”

Similarly, Congressman Mick Mulvaney has argued that it’s too difficult to give foreign citizens access to American jobs, American schools, and U.S. ballots. “The simple truth is our immigration system is broken… it’s too difficult to enter America the right way,” Mulvaney states on his website.

However, the Ryan-Rubio-Mulvaney argument that the United States is difficult to enter simply is not true. In fact, the United States has the most generous immigration policy in the world. Because of its vast admissions policy, America has four times more immigrants living here than has any other country on the planet. As a result of our current federal policy of autopilot visas dispensations, each and every day the United States admits enough net immigrants to fill an overcrowded, metropolitan high school. Every week, the United States imports enough immigrants to fill the Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers play. Every month, we resettle a number of immigrants that is nearly the size of the population of East Los Angeles. Every year, we receive a population the size of Dallas. Every three years, we add another entire city of Los Angeles made up of foreign-born immigrants.

In just Muslim immigration alone, the U.S. gives more visas to Muslim migrants each year than there are Mulvaney voters in his district of South Carolina. According to Pew Research, only 11 percent of Muslim Americans identify as Republican or leaning-Republican, making them one of the most reliable Democrat voting blocs in the country.

Since Paul Ryan became a U.S. Congressman, the U.S. has added more immigrants than there were Romney primary voters in 2012 [9.8 million]. Since Wisconsin voters sent Paul Ryan to Washington, the U.S. has imported a population of immigrants that is nearly three times larger than the entire population of Wisconsin [5.7 million].

The Ryan-Rubio Republican message of prioritizing the needs of foreign nationals above U.S. citizens stands in stark contrast to populist Republican thought leader, Senator Jeff Sessions. The Alabama Senator argues that the job of a U.S. lawmaker ought to be to represent his constituents—not special interest groups, big business donors, or other nations. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot, Sessions declared:

I love America. I believe I’m an elected official. And who puts me in office? […] The people who should benefit from my actions are the American people. That’s who should be first. Some people seem to think they represent groups, they seem to think we represent the whole world, they think we represent business groups, and activist groups and La Raza or the Chamber of Commerce, and we’re losing sight of who we represent. And it’s absolutely clear that too large a flow of [foreign] workers, particularly lower skilled workers, hammer American workers, damage their ability to get a pay raise or even get a job. That’s not disputable. That matter has been settled. And someone needs to be worried about those people… I think that’s been lost sight of in your nation’s capital.

Paul Ryan, however, over the clear objections of the American people—and, in particular, Republican voters—believes that we need to increase our record high intake of foreign citizens.

Ryan continued:

Putting myself in his shoes, I don’t think I would have done anything differently. If I was living in a country where I had no opportunity, where I was living in despair and poverty and I was fearing for my safety and my family’s well-being, I would go anywhere to make a better life for myself and my family. Who wouldn’t do that? What’s great about this country is we have been this sort of beacon of hope for families, for people. My family is no different than anybody else’s. My story is no different, just couple generations removed.

The point of America is this melting pot. This beacon on the hill, where people come in search of a better life for themselves and make a better for themselves and contribute. That ends up producing a very dynamic economy, a very dynamic society.

Unfortunately, Ryan’s bromides are not supported by facts. During the middle of 20th century, when the United States had enacted strict immigration curbs, the nation saw rising wages, an expansion of the middle class, and assimilation of immigrants already in the nation. In 1965, however, a Ted Kennedy-led immigration rewrite eliminated the immigration caps that had been enacted by President Coolidge and opened up American immigration visas to almost anyone in the world.

Today, after four decades of rampant visa dispensations, reports document sustained compression to our nation’s middle class; real average hourly wages are lower today than they were in 1973; all net job creation among working-age people went to foreign workers from 2000-2014; the number of struggling Americans forced to rely on welfare has reached a record high; overcrowded schools, which are now majority-minority, have struggled to accommodate the growing number of students that qualify for reduced lunch programs and require English language instruction; an influx of a diverse student body with fewer English speakers has sent U.S. test scores plummeting; and the importation of criminal organizations has negatively impacted the safety of what are now gang-besieged communities.

The influx has proven especially deleterious to black Americans and immigrants already in the nation, who have struggled to lift themselves into the middle class as they find their job opportunities and wages driven down by a federally-sponsored flood of additional foreign workers imported into the country.

The unlimited supply of workers, however, has benefited many of the business interests who donate to Mr. Ryan and Mr. Rubio’s campaign war chests. Large-scale immigration pads the labor market and thus the bottom lines of employers who can offer lower wages.

Although it does not appear in this video, the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal reported that Ryan later told the Hispanic crowd, “Immigration is a good thing for this country. It is this country,” and continued, “we’re going to vote on a bill to legalize people who are undocumented.”

Immigration, however, is not America.  The country was originally a British Colony and was founded by men like Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams. These men were not random migrants from across the globe but colonists carrying on a intellectual legacy from forebears stretching back to the Magna Carta and earlier yet still to the Roman Senate and Greek philosophers.

Under current immigration policy, every year the U.S. lets in five times more immigrants than the number of soldiers who served under the command of George Washington in the Revolutionary War.


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