Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that President Barack Obama cannot be trusted on the immigration issue.
Ryan made the assertion after host Chuck Todd noted that Ryan has said that he favors a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens in the United States.
“You told me you were in favor of an eventual path to citizenship,” Todd said, according to NBC’s transcript of the program.
“Well, legal status is what I was talking about,” said Ryan.
“Look, I’ve written extensively about my views on immigration,” Ryan continued. “I’m an open book on the subject. But by the way, on immigration, I don’t think we can trust the president on this issue.”
“He tried to go around Congress with executive order,” said Ryan.
Todd asked: “You’re taking it off the table?”
“Absolutely,” said Ryan.
“The president has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue, because he tried to unilaterally rewrite the law himself,” said the speaker. “Presidents don’t write laws. Congress does. The president’s proven himself to be untrustworthy on this issue.
“I think if we reach consensus on something like border enforcement, interior security, that’s one thing,” said Ryan. “But I do not believe we should advance comprehensive immigration legislation with a president who’s proven himself untrustworthy on this issue.”