Paul Ryan pans Trump's deportation plan

A week before the GOP nominating convention, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism Anti-Defamation League calls on House leaders to censure Steve King over white supremacy comments MORE (R-Wis.) made clear he disagrees with presumptive presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles MORE’s plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.

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“I don’t agree with that. I don’t think rounding up 11 million people A) is the right thing to do, B) would work,” Ryan said during a CNN televised town hall event. “And I don’t think you’d like to see what we’d have to do to the country to do that.”

Ryan, the chairman of next week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, has endorsed Trump. But the men represent two different camps in the Republican Party on the issue of immigration.

Trump is a hardliner who’s called for building a wall along the southern border and deporting everyone in the country here illegally. Ryan has pushed for immigration reform legislation during his congressional career, though he believes the country first needs to secure its border.

“I think you have to secure the border, you have to have reforms that get people out of the shadows and get right with the law and make sure while you are securing the border, you are fixing what’s broken in the legal immigration system,” said Ryan, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee.

“That to me is an approach that makes sense, and it won’t require a round-up or mass deportation.”

Later in the program, Ryan was pressed by a woman in the audience to explain how he could back a candidate who has called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

“I disagree with him on it. It’s just that simple. No two people agree on everything,” Ryan said. 

But, he added: “We have a binary choice. Donald Trump. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTexas man indicted over allegations he created fraudulent campaign PACs FISA shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased Pompeo’s Cairo speech more ‘back to the future’ than break with past MORE. I pick Donald Trump.”

“On balance,” Ryan said, Trump is a far better choice than Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, especially when it comes to the list of possible conservative Supreme Court picks that Trump released last month.