Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been known for his odd love for open borders, despite claiming to be conservative. Now Ryan has announced his position on Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the southern border.
According to the Associated Press, it seems Ryan is, apparently, reversing his stance. Monday on Twitter, the House leader tweeted out that it’s “time for The Wall” and vowed to get it done “this week.” This comes after the House voted through a $1.6 billion down payment for construction of the wall.
Ryan’s tweet was accompanied by a video showing him visiting Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, where he met with border patrol agents. In the voiceover narration, Ryan asserts that interacting with agents on the ground strengthened his resolve to take decisive action on immigration, reported Conservative Fighters.
“When you see what they’re up against, it really gives you even greater respect for what they do. They clearly need more tools and more support to do their jobs effectively. That’s why we’re going to get this done this week,” Ryan said.
Ryan’s newfound support for Trump’s proposed border wall follows a vote by the House of Representatives last week to provide $1.6 billion for a portion of the border wall, as reported by The Daily Caller.
RT if you agree→ It is time for The Wall. pic.twitter.com/s5MO8SG7SL
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 1, 2017
The funds were included in a “minibus” of appropriations bills that included funding for the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Energy. The bill was passed on a party-line vote of 230-196, according to Breitbart.
This show of support for a border wall is a turn-around for Ryan, who has feuded with Trump over the issue of immigration. Ryan’s support for open borders also put him at odds with the majority of Republican voters. Most of the GOP electorate favors Trump’s firm stance on immigration, according to a Pew Poll.
Ryan has constantly claimed a position of protecting America’s borders. In reality, however, the house speaker and former vice presidential candidate has a long history of derailing border protection in favor of mass immigration.
CBS News reported that as early as March, Ryan refused to provide funding for the border wall to Trump’s Department of Homeland Security. During the previous administration, Ryan was very much in line with President Obama’s immigration policies. According to Breitbart, Ryan passed spending bills expanding Muslim migration and the low-skill H-2B guest worker program.
Ryan also funded sanctuary cities, the resettlement of illegal aliens, and Obama’s executive amnesty for DREAMers. He even provided money for the release of criminal aliens back onto American streets. However, Ryan failed to give funding to the completion of a 700-mile fence, which was promised under the 2006 Secure Fence Act.
According to The Washington Times, Ryan’s history as a pro-open borders ideologue goes back to before his time in Congress. As a young staffer, he worked for Jack Kemp and Sam Brownback, two of the Republican party’s biggest pro-immigration figures.
It is nice to see some members of the GOP come to their senses. Paul Ryan will be a valuable ally for Trump moving forward as the wall inches closer to completion. Now, we just need to get the select few members of the GOP who oppose the repeal of Obamacare on our side, or get them out of Senate — whatever happens first is fine by us.
Moving forward, we can’t wait to see the construction begin. Our borders will finally be secure, the way they should have been years ago. It is time to continue Making America Great Again!