Back in June, Paul Ryan sabotaged a comprehensive immigration bill that would have ended chain migration, ended the diversity lottery, build the wall and provided more funds for the Border Patrol.
Instead of allowing the bill to be voted up or down, he allowed a second bill to be voted on at the same time, in order to divide the votes and to save his open borders policy. As a result, neither bill passed and the opportunity of a lifetime passed us by.
I said after the midterm election, that Paul Ryan needed to be removed as Speaker to allow Republicans to pass legislation before Pelosi takes over the House.
The GOP leadership let the House immigration reform die in June by allowing a critical bloc of GOP legislators to split their votes between two rival reform bills, said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the retiring chairman of the House committee on the judiciary.
“The strategy of having two options really let people have an off-ramp — they could vote for the more conservative bill and against the other, or vote for the second bill and not the first,” Goodlatte said, adding:
That is just not a good strategy and I complained about it at the time. I said ‘You’ve got to narrow this down to one bill and then work really hard to get the members to vote for that one bill.’
Goodlatte’s statement matches the June statement by Rep. Jim Jordan, who said: “If our leadership had put the same whip effort behind that immigration legislation, Chairman Goodlatte’s legislation, it would have passed.”