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Pete Hoekstra: Paul Ryan Dampens Idea of Immigration Reform

Tuesday, 04 Feb 2014 06:47 PM

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra says that Rep. Paul Ryan has "thrown some cold water" on the possibility of enacting immigration reform.

"He's kind of thrown some cold water on the whole idea that we're actually going to be passing immigration reform or put together a serious [proposal]" Hoeskstra told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"They've just got too many Republicans in the House conference who don't trust the president on enforcement, believing that if they pass immigration they'll get immigration reform -- but they won't get border enforcement," Hoekstra said Tuesday.

Ryan on Sunday told George Stephanopolis on ABC's "This Week" that "we don't think we can allow this border to continue to be overrun. And if we can get security first, no amnesty, before anything happens, we think that is a good approach.”

Ryan also provided ABC with greater detail about how the GOP's approach might be structured. Referring to provisions to increase border security and interior security, Ryan said, “Those things have to be in law, in practice, and independently verified before the rest of the law can occur. So, it's a security-first, non-amnesty approach.”

 

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