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It’s Donald Trump’s party now as House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, are set to vote on filing an amicus brief against President Obama’s immigration action as soon as Thursday. Speaker Ryan has himself called his move “a very extraordinary step,” and it’s confirmation that this lawsuit is nothing but pure politics from Republicans.
And, it’s further confirmation that Ryan has absolutely no problem continuing to carry on the anti-immigrant torch from his predecessor, John Boehner, who allowed Steve King and other cohorts full run of the House when it came to immigration.
This time, Ryan is using the cover of wanting the authority to file an amicus brief in the Texas case. Here’s the thing: He could file one anyway. He doesn’t need the House to take a vote. But, by forcing the House to vote, Ryan continues the politicization of the Texas case. He’s making sure the anti-immigrant groups, like NumbersUSA, can score another vote — and gives his caucus another anti-immigrant talking point.
Ryan is proving again that the underlying issue in the case is a “political question” — and should not even be heard by the Supreme Court. Let’s hope Chief Justice John Roberts is paying attention.
Below, votes from the anti-immigrant Hall of Shame from this current Congress.