John Dickerson interviewed Paul Ryan on Face the Nation Sunday and asked him about immigration reform. Ryan then said the five words conservatives wanted to hear – “That’s not in the cards” – not with this president we can’t trust.
Last July, John Boehner said that Barack Obama kept poisoning the well every time immigration came up by passing his executive actions.
“He’s stirred up the American people in such a way that it would almost be impossible to do immigration reform, given the environment that we’re dealing with,” Boehner said on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.
“I want to do immigration reform, and the president knows it. I asked the president about a year ago, gave him some ideas about things that should happen if he wanted to do immigration reform, and some things that he shouldn’t do,” he added. “Well, the president didn’t take my advice. And he doubled down on the executive orders that, frankly, far exceeded his authority, and the courts have got him stopped.
“He’s really poisoned the well.”
He repeated that again Sunday during an interview with Dana Bash.
Paul Ryan came out stronger and told John Dickerson that “I think it would be a ridiculous notion to try and work on an issue like this [immigration reform] with a president we simply cannot trust on this issue”. Obama tried to “go it alone with his executive orders.”
“That’s not in the cards,” Ryan said but they would be willing to work on border enforcement.
Not working on immigration reform with this president was a promise Ryan made to the House Freedom Caucus.
Boehner is right. When Barack Obama started giving amnesty right-and-left, people knew that he was lawless and nothing he said could be trusted. Many of the border controls built into the Senate bill were based on future promises after the immigrants here illegally in this country were legalized. Few believed that would ever happen. If you couldn’t trust Obama during the negotiations, it’s hard to imagine you ever could.
Watch the interview: