Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee and an influential voice in the House of Representatives, says he favors earned citizenship for immigrants — a position that has put him at odds with many fellow conservatives in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.
“At the end of the day, if everybody else in line who came here legally and did everything right is through the system and a person then, after an exhaustive period, after a probationary period, after a green card, not consuming any government benefits, wants to get in line like everybody else for citizenship, we should allow that person to do that,” the Wisconsin Republican said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “That’s earning the right to become a citizen.”
He said nobody, including Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, who is getting heat on his right flank for his work on the Senate immigration bill, is trying to push people who didn’t follow the law to the front of the line.
“We want to do this methodically. We don’t want to rush anything,” Mr. Ryan said of the House’s approach on the issue. “We want to get it right. We want to secure the border first and foremost — in a post 9/11 environment, that’s really critical. We don’t have border security.”
The Senate is scheduled to take a key test vote on its own immigration bill Monday afternoon.