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Paul Ryan in Chicago: ‘We all must acknowledge that we have an immigration system that’s broken’
While in Chicago today, onetime Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) declared that fixing a broken immigration system was key to safeguarding the country’s economy and security.
Ryan and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) paired up to promote Congress’ next big battle, with Ryan predicting it would take the bulk of the summer to hammer out an agreement suitable to both sides of the aisle.
When asked about the Boston Marathon bombings, Ryan again pointed to a need for reforming the system, saying it is a national security matter.
Ryan’s argument: new legislation he and Gutierrez back would keep track of immigrant Visas and when they expire.
Ryan and Gutierrez appeared together at two events on Monday; the Erie Neighborhood House, followed by a talk at the City Club of Chicago.
This morning, a Mariachi band guided the two — an unlikely political pair — into the Erie Neighborhood House, where immigration rights groups, clergy, and others convened to rally behind substantial changes in the law that would give more immigrants a path to citizenship.
Gutierrez, a known national leader on immigration rights, said he and Ryan struck up a connection over their shared Catholic faith.
“Right now, we all must acknowledge that we have an immigration system that’s broken,” Ryan said. “It is not serving our interests as a nation. Our broken immigration system does not serve our national security interests. Our broken immigration system does not serve our economic security interests. Our broken immigration system does not serve our family interests …”We need to fix it.”
Gutierrez said though he campaigned hard against the Ryan/Romney ticket, Ryan held no hard feelings when last year’s presidential election. When the two saw one another again afterward: “The first words out of his mouth were: ‘It’s good to see you again, Luis,” according to Gutierrez.
When Ryan’s remarks came to a close, the crowd began chanting “Si, se puede!” as the Mariachi band played “Cielito Lindo.” One person waved a banner that read “Gracias Ryan,” with Paul Ryan’s photo in the middle.
WHAT PAUL RYAN/LUIS GUTIERREZ SEE AS LIKELY INCLUDED IN IMMIGRATION REFORM
Employees would have to go through a verification system that’s put in place to make sure they’re legal. Gutierrez says it will be enforced like the IRS enforces filing tax returns.
Granting a legal way for seasonal workers to temporarily work in country.
Those who want a path to citizenship would have to pay back taxes for the years they lived in the country illegally.
A system would be put in place that tracks down port of entry — and date of exit manifests. This would keep tabs on those who overstay their Visas.