Republicans Are Missing an Opportunity on Immigration Reform

Assistant Director of Communications

November 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a new USA Today op-ed, newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan explains that he will not move immigration reform while President Obama remains in office, citing distrust in the administration regarding immigration enforcement.

But in the absence of an effective, balanced immigration process from Congress, the administration’s immigration-enforcement record stands on its own, including record deportations and an immigrant detention and deportation system that comes at an extreme cost to taxpayers.

It also has severe consequences for families and U.S.-citizen children, as a new blog post highlights.

“To the tune of more than 2 million deportations and $18 billion per year in immigration enforcement, immigrant families and employers who depend on immigrants have found the administration to be trustworthy indeed,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “Speaker Ryan has an opportunity to put Republicans in the driver’s seat on immigration reform. Instead of our current enforcement-only system, faith, law enforcement and business leaders would like to trust Congress and the administration to create long-term immigration solutions that serve America’s interests.”