Paul Ryan: Job of U.S. Lawmaker Is to Put Yourself in Shoes of Foreigners
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.
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].