They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, and in the House of Representatives, Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), who was on the Vice Presidential slot of the Romney-Ryan ticket, appeared with the outspoken advocate for immigration reform, Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois), on Monday in Chicago to promote immigration reform.
Before joining the Romney ticket last summer, Congressman Ryan had been receptive to immigration reform, even working with then-Congressman Jeff Flake (who is now in the Senate and a gang of eight member) to draft an immigration bill. During the 2012 presidential election season, Mitt Romney continually tacked to the right on immigration, by advocating for self-deportation and saying that he would veto the DREAM Act. In his role as Vice Presidential candidate, Ryan had to stay mum.
But now, as Paul Ryan forges ahead in the Congress and possibly considers a presidential run in 2016, he’s back on the immigration reform train. Ryan spoke at the City Club in Chicago with Congressman Gutierrez on Monday. Ryan stressed securing the borders, implementing E-Verify, and the economic benefits of reform. He also spoke of the need to provide a pathway to citizenship to bring people out of the shadows, while mentioning the need to put undocumented youth on a faster track toward citizenship (DREAM Act).
View his remarks below: