Donald Trump’s promise that he would set up a “deportation force” to remove undocumented immigrants from the United States was a lie, admitted House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Ryan conceded that despite Trump’s election victory, “We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump’s not planning on that.”
He added, “We’re focused on securing the border. We think that’s first and foremost, before we get into any other immigration issue, we’ve got to know who’s coming and going into the country — we’ve got to secure the border.”
The statement is a flip-flop from Trump’s campaign promise to his supporters that in addition to building a wall between the United States and Mexico, he would also deport millions of people to their country of origin. The policy would separate families from each other, and in addition to being emotionally cruel it would be enormously disruptive to the economy, which relies heavily on immigrant labor.
Video of Paul Ryan admitting the “deportation force” was a Trump campaign lie: