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Midday Update: Ryan’s Record on Immigration Under Scrutiny

by Newsteam Staff
August 14, 2012

Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama hugs high school student and supporter Joy Dannelly, during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, August 13, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama hugs high school student and supporter Joy Dannelly, during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, August 13, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Rep. Paul Ryan could be GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s way to wooing voters who want undocumented immigrants to be granted legal status (WashTimes), since the Wisconsin Republican has repeatedly backed legalization efforts.

Though Ryan voted with his party in opposition to the Dream Act in 2010, his congressional voting record also shows Ryan has been in the minority of Republicans that supported bills that would admit more foreign workers into the United States, resulting in an immigration stance that is somewhat mixed (FoxNewsLatino) but softer than Romney’s position, which many consider hawkish.

Ryan was also mentored by the late Jack Kemp (NYT), a Republican known for his advocacy on immigration who served in the House, on President George H.W. Bush’s cabinet, and as Bob Dole’s running mate in 1996.


In the middle of a three-day swing through Iowa, President Barack Obama today is expected to talk about the state’s burgeoning wind industry, the jobs it is creating, and green energy’s role in reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil (Politico).

The president supports extending a wind-energy tax credit that is set to expire at the end of the year and is popular in Iowa, which has the second highest wind power capacity in the United States.

President Obama is also expected to continue pushing for federal drought aid and touting plans for the federal government to buy up to $170 million worth of meat, poultry, and farm-raised fish to help farmers and ranchers as food prices reel (Businessweek) in the face of the worst U.S. drought conditions since the 1950s.


CFR’s James Lindsay offers a review of Ryan’s foreign policy positions based on his voting record and past speeches and says “he is firmly in the Republican internationalist mainstream.”

– Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor

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