Newly-elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan signed off on a letter stating:
It is unwise or unproductive to bring up any immigration legislation so long as Barack Obama is President.
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Speaker Ryan explained to Dana Bash on Sunday’s State of the Union why he agreed to rule out bringing immigration reform to the House floor.
Because this president tried to write the law himself. This president went beyond his separation of powers to try and write the law. Presidents don’t write laws. Congress writes laws. This president tried to go around Congress to unilaterally write immigration law. So, specifically on this issue, you cannot trust this president on this issue. So, why would we want to pass legislation on a very divisive issue with a president we can’t trust on this issue?