Ryan’s Disingenuous Dodge on Immigration
Speaker Ryan to MTP on the subject of immigration reform:
“I don’t think we can trust the president on this issue,” Ryan told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “The president has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue because he tried to unilaterally rewrite the law himself. Presidents don’t write laws. Congress does.”
A couple thoughts immediately spring to mind:
- If the Congress thinks that the President is overstepping his bonds on this topic, they best solution would be to pass actual legislation.
- The reason that the President has acted unilaterally is because no legislation has been passed (see #1).
The notion that Congress cannot engage this issue legislatively is because the president in “untrustworthy” (which has been the claim for years now) is a total dodge that covers up the fact that the Congress is utterly unable to act on this issue.
The Congress has been abdicating its responsibility on this issue for quite some time now, and that is not the fault of the executive.