November 1, 2014

Ryan open to ‘earned citizenship’

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is signaling some support for a possible immigration reform bill.

A bipartisan group of US Senators on Monday unveiled a proposal that would give undocumented immigrants currently living in the country a path to earn their citizenship without having to leave the country. The plan would also make it easier for those studying in the US to earn a green card, track and penalize employers who hire undocumented workers, and create a guest worker program.

President Obama is expected to unveil his own proposal for immigration reform in Las Vegas this afternoon.

Ryan believes a bill that offers immigrants the option of an “earned citizenship” is likely to gain some traction in Congress. Ryan says it’s just not viable to round up the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country, and changes are needed “to get this system working because it works for nobody.”

AUDIO: Rep. Paul Ryan (:14)

The Janesville Republican says he believes the immigration is issue is “ripe for reaching a compromise” that respects the rule of law.

Tom Karkow, WRJN