PI Original Ellyn Fortino Friday August 22nd, 2014, 10:43am

Chicago Activists Call Paul Ryan Out For 'Flip-Flopping' On Immigration (VIDEO)

While 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI,1) promoted the congressman's new book at the Union League Club of Chicago on Thursday evening, a few dozen protesters gathered outside the event to push back against Ryan for shifting his position on immigration issues. Progress Illinois was there for the protest.

While 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI,1) promoted the congressman's new book at the Union League Club of Chicago on Thursday evening, a few dozen protesters gathered outside the event to push back against Ryan for shifting his position on immigration issues.

Earlier this month, the Republican-led House passed two bills to address the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. One would speed up the process to deport migrant Central American youths showing up at the border. The other would effectively end the two-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants a two-year reprieve against deportation for DREAMers, or immigrants who came to the United States as young children prior to June of 2007.

Ryan voted for both measures. 

At Thursday's protest, activists with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and SEIU* Local 1 pointed out that just last year, Ryan attended Chicago events with U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL,4) to advocate for the passage of bipartisan immigration reform legislation in the House.

"He was just here a year ago at the Erie House with Congressmen Gutierrez supporting immigration reform, and now he's voting against immigrants," said Laura Garza, secretary-treasurer at SEIU Local 1. "We want to remind the Republican Party that we are not going to forget, and we're going to go to the polls, and we're going to vote."

The immigration reform advocates said they were especially troubled by Ryan's vote to essentially get rid of the DACA program.

"The DACA program has been instrumental in keeping immigrant families together," said Jamie van Wagtendonk, a health care organizer with ICIRR. "These are young people who contribute to our country by working, by being students, by creative activities, and what Paul Ryan has said is none of that matters. The only thing that matters to him is being able to remove them from the country. And we're saying we want to keep families together and protect the parents and the children who live in the country and contribute to this country." 

Ryan — whom Romney tapped to run alongside him as vice president in the 2012 election — was in town to talk about his new book, "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea." Romney was there to interview Ryan, a potential 2016 presidential candidate. Thursday's event was the first public joint appearance for Ryan and Romney since they lost the 2012 election.

Outside the Union League Club of Chicago in the pouring rain, Scott Foval, regional political coordinator with People for the American Way, toted a sign reading, "Romney & Ryan: Too Extreme for America."

"We have allies all over the country who are going to be protesting Paul Ryan at every stop he makes with his new book tour," Foval said. "I live in Wisconsin, and I will follow that guy anywhere to make sure people understand he is too extreme for Wisconsin. He's definitely too extreme for America, and his policies just don't work."

SEIU Local 1 member Graciela Vergara, meanwhile, said the immigrant community is paying close attention to Ryan's actions.

"We really are here to remind him of where he was last year, and that it's not fair for him to be flip-flopping in between what is best for him, I guess, for his future political positions," she said, adding that it is also time for House Republicans to take up comprehensive immigration reform.

Here's more from Vergara, Foval and scenes from the protest:

As a result of the long-standing inaction by House Republicans on the issue, President Barack Obama has decided to take steps of his own to fix the country's immigration system. The president’s executive actions are expected to come by the end of the summer.

Garza said she wants Obama to sharply stem deportations.

"We hope as many people are included in that process as possible, because the reality is, there's a lot of families suffering," she said. "And the separation of families, it's devastating our communities."

*The SEIU Illinois Council sponsors this website.


Dangerous surge of illegal aliens and more to come?

Hector Garza, a spokesman for a local National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), has disclosed a startling development in the federal government's efforts to deal with the border surge:

The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their ‘Notice to Appear’ forms.

This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel. This just adds insult to injury. Not only are we releasing unknown illegal aliens onto American streets, but we are allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The ‘Notice to Appear’ form has no photo; anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.

We do not know who these people are, we often have to solely rely on who they say they are, where they say they came from, and the history they say they have. We know nothing about most of them, ICE releases them into the American public, and now they are boarding aircraft at will with a simple paper document that anyone can easily alter or reproduce themselves.


These assertions have led to the NBPC issuing this statement:

The National Border Patrol Council adamantly opposes the decision of DHS to release the illegal aliens who have been transported from the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector to other locations for processing. The lack of consequences has furthered this crisis and will only continue to do so. The fact that TSA is accepting the I-862 (Notice to Appear) as a form of identification and allowing illegal aliens to travel commercially shows just how little regard the federal government has for its own immigration laws.

Garza went on to highlight why this development is so troubling: "The threat this poses from terrorists upon the American people is absolutely unacceptable. Central Americans are not the only people crossing our border and being released. Does anyone actually think those cartels and others criminal or possible terrorist organizations are not taking advantage of the fact that we have to leave our border wide open while we reassigning the majority of our agents to process family units and minors? Of course this situation is being exploited by such threats."

After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, one of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission was that those wishing to board planes needed a passport or a REAL ID-compatible U.S. Drivers license. This development is in direct contravention to those recommendations.

These are some of the most no-exception laws, to address enforcement at the Southern border and interior control. These policies need to be employed to stop the flow of illegal aliens, that’s if the majority of yellow old guard cowards in the House of Representatives use their power to cut of the funding purse to this monstrous sized Obama government, DACA and any future Amnesties without the full will of the people and not pandering to any sized business welfare.



1. Revive the 2006 Secure Fence Act and build the double layer fencing, complete with concertina razor wire. Hundreds of miles are vacant of any barrier. It was killed by prior Republican Senator Kay bailey Hutchison of Texas by adding a non-escapable amendment to the 2006 bill. Whereas giving complete control to Homeland Security, ruling out any funds to deliver the 700 miles of two fences, separated by an all weather track way. An in between no-mans land where illegal aliens would be caught and detained for immediate deportation.

2. Strengthen the border with National Guard and add more Border Patrol Agents permanently.

3. Position more internal ICE agents to audit employers, instead of 5000 we have now for all of the United States.

4. Modify the law so illegal entry into the US becomes a Felony.

5. Issue a National digital Social Security Card for voting and to identify that person.

6. Revisit the 14th amendment, thus amending the automatic citizen law, so ONLY the babies of US citizens can claim this right; (A huge expenditure for taxpayers.) Once here parents can stay. This amendment has been financially exploited for decades, and Sen. Harry Reid refuses to discuss a change, even though the process originates from a time of slavery for descendants could claim citizenship. Pregnant women who arrive by aircraft masquerading as a welfare tourists to take advantage of a hospitals in delivering a child, should be reported to ICE.

7. Formulate a new law so that employers who purposely hire illegal aliens will face federal incarceration. Cronyism is broadly the main trouble when it comes to ushering in legal and illegal immigrants into the US. Buying a large majority of our politicians by K Street corporations has long been a harbinger of Americans losing their jobs to cheap working foreigners.

8. Revise the 2006 human trafficking act, so it’s aligned with Mexico and Canadians.

9. Commence a uniform Guest worker program, with entry and exit permission permits and unless mitigating circumstances are available, overstays have committed a felony.

10. Merely legal immigrants with Special high level skills (STEMS) should be admitted permanently as the immigration policies in industrialized nations.


12. There should be no immunity of any federal employee to be excused from accountability for wrongdoing and should be fined, imprisoned or both.



IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY UNDER OBAMA RULE, check this site that has the phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at: www.contactingthecongress/ to demand an end to illegal immigration, the dismantling of our laws, sovereignty, citizen rights and even our military, which is protection against our enemies foreign an domestic. Illegal Immigration has become a top priority for Americans, because they see its impact on the sterile economy and lost jobs. Large corporations and big business are laying-off birthright, naturalized citizens and green card holders, making an avenue for lower paid illegal aliens.  This is the number for the central switchboard for every member of Congress to address your objections at 800-224-3121.



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