At a news conference where Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced his retirement, he said he would "certainly like to see a DACA solution" by the end of the year before he leaves office. Ryan also said he would prefer it be paired with "border security."
So what sort of solution is Ryan talking about? A good place to start would be the "Securing America's Future Act," sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). The bill funds the wall, ends chain migration and the visa lottery and increases interior immigration enforcement, while also giving DACA recipients a three-year renewable legal status.
But could Ryan fall prey to the open border lobby now that he no longer has the pressure of facing re-election and lead the House of Representatives to pass an even bigger amnesty?
Ryan has long been a mainstay of the Republican Party's establishment that, at the behest of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, has supported amnesty and easier access to low wage foreign labor, while paying lip service to immigration enforcement. That wing of the party and its stance on immigration was blown out of the water in 2016.
Or, Ryan could cement his legacy as speaker by moving true, common sense immigration reform measures through the House in his final months and force Senate Democrats to explain to the American people why they refuse to act in the public interest. It's up to him.
Dan Stein is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.