Ryan: No Action on Immigration Reform As Long As Obama Is President

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If you had any hope that Congress would act on comprehensive immigration reform while Obama was in the White House (and you'd have to be pretty darn hopeful to think that was going to happen), new House Speaker Paul Ryan make it clear that nothing's happening until 2017 at the soonest.

Talking Points Memo reports:

Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) kicked off his first GOP leadership conference Tuesday by holding his firm line on advancing immigration reform while President Obama is in office.

Ryan was asked if he would consider moving forward with reform once a new president is elected.

"My positions are very well known and unchanged on this issue," Ryan said, referring to his previous openness to creating a pathway citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

"But I think given the fact that President Obama tried to do an end-run around Congress to go it alone, to try to write laws himself unilaterally — which is not what presidents do, that's what Congress does — I think on this particular issue he has proven himself untrustworthy on this," Ryan said.

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