Today, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan won his primary race against Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen, who centered his campaign around an absurd and awful anti-immigrant platform.
Statement from FWD.us President Todd Schulte:
“Congrats to Speaker Ryan on his expected though resounding win against Paul Nehlen, who – along anti-immigrant groups and pundits – seemed to think that mass deportation of 11 million immigrants and removing entire religions from this country were good policies and good politics.
Tonight’s results are not a surprise but are a good reminder that the American people and Republican primary voters really just want realistic immigration solutions to secure the border, modernize the legal immigration system and provide a process for undocumented immigrants who pass a background check to get right with the law.”
Tonight’s a good reminder: Nehlen’s anti-immigrant allies have awful political AND policy prescriptions.
BACKGROUND ON NEHLEN’S ALLIES ENGAGEMENT:
- Nehlen’s candidacy received a national push by hard-core anti-immigrant restrictionist groups like NumbersUSA, who called Nehlen a “true reformer” for his support of mass deportation and revoking the 14th Amendment for immigrants.
- ALIPAC, who the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled a hate group , endorsed Nehlen’s campaign in May and launched an attack with radio ads, automated calls, online ads and volunteer calls to roughly 25,000 households in Wisconsin.
- Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin, among others, went in hard promising a defeat of Ryan, even saying “This is it. This is your last chance to save America.”
HERE’S ONE REASON THEY WERE WRONG: POLLING CONSISTENTLY SHOWS SUPPORT FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM AMONGST ALL SEGMENTS OF THE ELECTORATE:
- The majority of Americans hold favorable views about immigration, with roughly two-thirds of voters opposing suggestions of mass deportation to round up and deport the population of nearly 11 million undocumented individuals living in the United States
- More than 75% of Republicans also favor an earned path to citizenship, according to a Gallup Poll released in July 2016