Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said during a private dinner that he believes only “one member” really wants to erect a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to several sources who have heard these remarks from Ryan first hand, including GOP Congressman Tom Tancredo, reported Breitbart.
The sources say the supper occurred on the eve of the House’s enforcement of two lesser immigration measures at the end of June.
“Ryan told a group of Republicans he met with … that only one person wants a wall,”Tancredo said for Breitbart shortly after the dinner.
He disagreed with Ryan’s lack of support for the wall among the GOP leadership in the House.
“Of course he means only one person in his entourage and of the leadership,” said Tancredo. “I know several people in Congress who want a wall and I know that there are millions of Americans who want a wall.”
The Colorado Republican has been for years pressuring Congress members to properly handle the outpour of illegals in the U.S.
“You have to understand the level of fear that exists in the Republican establishment about this issue,” Tancredo added, trying to explain the obstacles Congressional Republicans have to deal with when dealing with immigration.
“The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want a wall … the pressure is greater from the Chamber of Commerce than it is from the members,” Tancredo told Breitbart. “That’s the basic problem. It was then. It is now.”
Another House Republican recently confirmed that Paul Ryan made comments similar to the ones Tancredo cited but said that Ryan was trying to summarize the opposing lawmakers in the House GOP caucus, telling Breitbart:
All this narrative serves to inform is that Ryan’s is making a point of listening to Members and that Members mostly are trying to listen to each other. I believe it is true that support for the wall is not as strong as it needs to be among House Republicans.
The House Republican also said:
Another thing I have noticed is that Members’ knowledge and opinions on immigration seem to only be traceable back to their arrival in Congress. Not many brought much experience or knowledge on the topic with them. 64% swore in January 2011 or later. They only know that which was debated in the Obama era. Some are Never Trumpers.
We have work to do.
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