A couple weeks ago we had Rand Paul beating a hasty retreat when he sees DREAMers (young immigrants brought here by their parents, the type that Republicans want to immediately deport) coming to ask him questions. Now Paul Ryan refused to engage and had three young people removed from a book signing for asking him to defend his policies.
During a book signing over the weekend, three undocumented immigrants confronted and were brushed off by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) over his position on immigration, specifically on his vote against an executive program that allows some immigrants to temporarily stay in the country without deportation fears. That program known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allows certain undocumented immigrants to be given temporary work authorization and legal presence in the country.
In the video provided by the advocacy group United We DREAM, at least three so-called DREAMers, the colloquial term for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, could be seen asking Ryan to clarify his stance on immigration. Ryan was at the bookstore signing copies of his book The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea. When a DREAMer brother and sister team asked, “Why do you want to deport me and my sister?” Ryan insisted to the both of them, “Thanks for coming. Read the position in my book. You should read the position in my book.” When prompted with the same question by another DREAMer, Ryan said, “I’m not going to answer your question at this time.” Each time, staff members and an uniformed officer came to escort the advocates away.
It’s so much easier to advocate draconian policies if you don’t have to actually look at the people who will be horribly impacted by those policies, for the same reasons that it’s easier to drop a bomb or shoot a missile from miles away than it is to look at the people you’re killing. If you see an actual person, you might have to confront the negative results of your pandering to xenophobes.