- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 18, 2018

The sincerity of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Catholic faith came into question Thursday as lawmakers attempted to negotiate a legislative compromise regarding the children of illegal immigrants, or “Dreamers.”

Rep. Linda Sanchez told a group of reporters that Mr. Ryan seemingly uses his Catholicism as a shield when talking about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Her comments came against a political backdrop in which the Republican leader is also trying to secure a budget deal that will prevent a government shutdown Friday. 

“As much as he loves to play the Catholic card and say that he really feels for these Dreamers and he wants people to believe he’s empathetic — schedule the vote,” the California Democrat said, the Washington Examiner reported. “Man up. Put your money where your mouth is. Be apart of the solution not apart of the problem.”

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The fifth-ranking House Democrat also called the Wisconsin Republican the “sole impediment” to passing a new version of DACA, which would affect roughly 800,000 young people.

Mr. Ryan has accused Democrats of playing “partisan games” with DACA — the program expires in March — and using national defense as a “bargaining chip.”

“Right now, the defense budget is being held hostage for DACA, which is not a deadline that expires tomorrow,” Mr. Ryan said Thursday.

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