In an interview with the Huffington Post Friday, Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan discuss the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and future if Trump is elected President. In particular, Trump has called for a complete ban of any Muslim who would want to immigrate to the U.S until as Trump has said, “until we figure out what is going on.” He insists that the ban would be temporary but if Speaker Ryan has his way, it won’t happen at all.
Although a President has authority to stop immigration due to various reasons, the fact that Trump wants to alienate on based on religion is one that has not ever occurred in the U.S. “That’s a legal question that there’s a good debate about,” Ryan said, pointing to the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act.
Continuing, “On the broader question, are we going to exert our Article I powers and reclaim this Article I power no matter who the president is? Absolutely,” Ryan said. He also said he discussed the limits of the executive power with Trump.Ryan also stated that although he has endorsed Donald Trump it doesn’t mean they are in complete agreement on policy.
On the issue of his endorsement of Trump, Ryan insisted that Trump did not have a “blank check” and that Ryan was still trying to achieve “real unity” between Trump and his caucus. Ryan stated that “I am going to keep being who I am, I am going to keep speaking out on things where I think it’s needed, where our principles need to be defended, and I am going to keep doing that, I hope it’s not necessary but the last thing I want to see is a another Democrat in the White House”