By Erik Wasson
Ryan: Immigration bill ‘clearly in doubt’
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), one of the driving forces behind immigration reform, said Sunday that, despite the release of new House GOP principles on immigration, passage of a bill this year is “clearly in doubt.”
He said on ABC's "This Week" that progress on immigration depends on the willingness of President Obama and Democrats to bow to GOP demands for border and internal security increases and abandoning “amnesty.”
Asked if that will happen he said, “I just don’t know if that is going to be the case.”
“This is not one of those issues that has a deadline like a government shutdown,” he added. He said it would be responsible to try to address border security soon, however, since the government does not know who is in the country.
Ryan said the GOP has been clear they would not go to a conference committee on the Senate immigration reform bill, which contains a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
The House GOP document released last week talks of possible legal status for illegal immigrants who pay fines, and learn English and civics but says there would be no special path to citizenship.
“We are still having a debate in our caucus about even that,” Ryan said.