Republicans say no on immigration reform

If Republicans think this argument is going to convince anyone they’re stupider than ever:

Days after House Republicans unveiled a roadmap for an overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system, one of its backers said legislation is unlikely to pass during this election year.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said distrust of President Barack Obama runs so deep in the Republican caucus that he’s skeptical the GOP-led House would pass any immigration measure. He said a plan that puts security first could only pass if lawmakers believe the administration would enforce it — an unlikely prospect given Republicans’ deep opposition to Obama.

‘‘This isn’t a trust-but-verify, this is a verify-then-trust approach,’’ Ryan said.

Last week, House Republicans announced their broad concerns for any immigration overhaul but emphasized they would tackle the challenge on a bill-by-bill pace.

Republicans have preemptively been trying to blame the White House for immigration legislation’s failure, even before a House bill comes together. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said ‘‘there’s a lot of distrust of this administration in implanting the law.’’ And Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., last week warned that distrust of Obama would trump the desire to find a solution for the estimated 11 million people living in the United States illegally.

The Republicans lost big in the last election because they didn’t do well with minorities, including Hispanics. They vowed that they would reach out to minorities including Hispanics, but now they’re saying that a Republican immigration bill in the Republican House will probably not pass in the House because of … Obama. Yeah, I’m sure Hispanics are going to buy that.

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