THE HILL — A week before the GOP nominating convention, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made clear he disagrees with presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.
“I don’t agree with that. I don’t think rounding up 11 million people A) is the right thing to do, B) would work,” Ryan said during a CNN televised town hall event. “And I don’t think you’d like to see what we’d have to do to the country to do that.”
Ryan, the chairman of next week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, has endorsed Trump. But the men represent two different camps in the Republican Party on the issue of immigration.
Ryan and Trump represent two different camps in the GOP on the issue of immigration.
Trump is a hardliner who’s called for building a wall along the southern border and deporting everyone in the country here illegally. Ryan has pushed for immigration reform legislation during his congressional career, though he believes the country first needs to secure its border.
“I think you have to secure the border, you have to have reforms that get people out of the shadows and get right with the law and make sure while you are securing the border, you are fixing what’s broken in the legal immigration system,” said Ryan, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee.
“That to me is an approach that makes sense and it won’t require a round-up or mass deportation.”