House Speaker Paul D. Ryan walked a delicate line on the issue of immigration — one considerably more delicate than President-elect Donald Trump’s — during a nationally televised town hall meeting hosted by CNN on Thursday.
Confronted by an undocumented Oklahoma woman, who is protected from deportation under an Obama administration program, Ryan (R-Wis.) said he was working with Trump’s transition team to find a “good, humane solution” for the families protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and said there would be no “deportation force” coming for her family.
“Do you think that I should be deported?” the woman, Angelica Villalobos, asked Ryan with her daughter at her side.
“No,” Ryan said, before Villalobos even finished her questions. “I can see that you love your daughter, that you’re a nice person that has a great future ahead of you, and I hope your future’s here.”