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Wisconsin Congressman Ryan slams President Obama's immigration plan


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - House Republican Paul Ryan of Janesville says the White House is looking for, “a partisan advantage” to immigration reform instead of a bipartisan solution.

Lawmakers of both parties went on the national TV talk shows Sunday, after word leaked out Saturday that President Obama was getting ready to send an immigration bill to Congress.

Senate Republican John McCain of Arizona said the administration would come up short if it tries to force the issue on Capitol Hill.

New York Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said his White House allies should wait to see what an eight-member congressional group of both parties comes up with.

Ryan, appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” said that when Obama pushes his own legislation, it makes it harder for Congress to reach its own bipartisan compromise.

Florida Senate Republican Marco Rubio said the president’s bill would be, “dead on arrival in Congress, leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken immigration system for years to come.”

Many details of the new proposal are in line with the general goals Obama has stated – more funding for border security, helping businesses determine the immigration status of those they hire, and creating a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants.