"First thing that came to my mind was, very unfortunate, unhelpful", Ryan said. "I thought about my own family", Ryan said.
"So that the visas are not given based on, you know, relations, other than the nuclear family, but are based on skills, based on what we need", Ryan said.
After President Donald Trump on Thursday morning published a tweet mixing up domestic surveillance and foreign surveillance, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) had to explain the difference to Trump over the phone for 30 minutes, the Washington Post reported Thursday evening. "I don't see us tackling it this year", he said at a WisPolitics Event at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He called immigration a attractive story of America and said people from Africa in his hometown of Janesville are incredible citizens. As a result, Ryan said he doubts there will be a government shutdown. "I just think it's important we celebrate that". The president said overhauling social safety net programs is "going to have to be bipartisan".More news: Chelsea Manning Files Paperwork to Challenge Cardin for Senate
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously said he does not think the GOP-majority Senate could pass a welfare reform bill on a partisan basis.
"I thought about my own family", he said, describing his Irish immigrant relatives who came to the USA on what he said were called "coffin ships" and began working the railroads.
"We will have to do something short term", Ryan told a political forum in his native Wisconsin, when asked whether Congress would be able to reach a deal before government lights go out next Friday at midnight.