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Rep. Paul Ryan Dodges Questions from Immigrants (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was recently asked by immigrant activists why he voted against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The Huffington Post notes that House Republicans, including Rep. Ryan, voted to end DACA earlier this month. DACA allows undocumented immigrants brought to America by their parents to go to school and work in the U.S. for two years (which can be renewed). Republicans have claimed DACA is to blame for the recent surge in undocumented immigration from Central America.

Rep. Ryan was signing hs new book "The Way Forward" at a Books-A-Million when two United We Dream immigrant activists asked him about his vote, noted RawStory.com (video below).

“A couple weeks ago you voted for defunding DACA. It would put me and my sister up for deportation," asked one activist. "We just had a question, do you want to deport me and my sister?”

Instead of answering, Rep. Ryan told the activist, "I’m not taking any questions. I’m doing a book signing” and "read the position in the book."

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A Books-A-Million employee and a security guard pushed the activists away and escorted them out of the store.

“I ask you again, Congressman Ryan, are you going to take away our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and deport us, deport Dreamers like myself?" asked United We Dream activist Ray Jose in the second part of the video. "If so, and that’s your way forward, know that Dreamers before me fought for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Dreamers like myself will defend it.”

Sources: The Huffington Post, RawStory.com