Paul Ryan pans Trump's deportation plan

A week before the GOP nominating convention, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce MORE (R-Wis.) made clear he disagrees with presumptive presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE’s plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.


“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 ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand 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.