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Ryan’s Hope

A high-profile role in the immigration debate in the House.

Jun 24, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 39 • By FRED BARNES
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This is just part of the trouble Ryan and his pro-reform allies face. Republicans are divided, with a hard core against any form of amnesty. Democrats are divided too. Some, like Senator Chuck Schumer and Rep. Gutierrez, are committed to a bipartisan bill. Obama is suspected, at least by Republicans, of preferring an issue for next year’s election. And still other Democrats—Senate majority leader Harry Reid, for instance—want a bill that compromises as little as possible with Republicans.

Ryan jumped into the immigration morass knowing that negotiating with Democrats can be bruising to one’s reputation. “He’s fearless in tackling difficult issues,” says Diaz-Balart. “And he’s not concerned about political risk.” Those traits, when combined, often produce leadership.

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.

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