Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanTHE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress GOP grapples with repeal of popular ObamaCare policy Ex-Trump adviser: Ryan should be replaced if he can't execute on ObamaCare MORE (R-Wis.) laid out the House GOP plan to tackle immigration reform at a town hall Friday, while disowning controversial comments on the matter from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
At a town hall in Racine, Wis., Ryan defended the GOP's approach to overhauling the nation's immigration system to a crowd of immigration activists.
"A lot of people are saying, just pass the Senate bill," he said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "That's not what the House is going to do…I think we can make it better."
One bill would lay out a pathway for undocumented workers to achieve legal status after 15 years, two years longer than laid out in the Senate plan.
"We want to give people an ability to come out of the shadows and get themselves right with the law," he said.
When asked about recent comments by King, a vocal immigration reform opponent, Ryan was direct in disagreement.
"Representative King's remarks, I disagree with, I disavow, and they're wrong," he said.
King has come under heavy criticism for recent remarks, in which he criticized the idea of allowing undocumented children a pathway to citizenship, accusing many of being involved in illegal activities.
"For every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that, they weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert," he said.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving Boehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' MORE (R-Ohio) has disavowed King's remarks, calling them "deeply offensive and wrong."