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Foster Responds To Speaker Ryan On Immigration Reform

Nov 2, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC—This weekend, newly elected House Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced he would be unwilling to bring up immigration reform, saying “it would be a ridiculous notion to try and work on an issue like this with a president we simply cannot trust on this issue.”

“What’s ridiculous is to think that we can continue to ignore the reality of our broken immigration system,” said Foster. “It’s incredibly disappointing that after less than a week of Speaker Ryan’s tenure, he’s already throwing his hands in the air and giving up on one of the biggest challenges our country faces. As he accepted the position of Speaker, Ryan called it an opportunity ‘to start with a clean slate’, but already he is turning to old grudges as an excuse to put partisan politics ahead of the best interests of the country. Speaker Ryan has surrendered to the right-wing of his party.”

“Millions of people, Democrats and Republicans, have called for comprehensive immigration reform. I hope that he will rethink his position and listen to their calls for action,” Foster added.

Foster has long been an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. In the last congress, Foster was a cosponsor of H.R. 15, the House companion to the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform, which was co-sponsored by 200 Members of Congress, including three Republicans.

Additionally, Foster has introduced legislation to end the immigrant detention bed quota, combat notario fraud, and increase access to legal services for immigrants. 

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