U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is looking to be actively involved in immigration reform, according to The Hill. Ryan has reportedly spoken with U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who has been a staunch voice in the call for comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, about the issue and is set to continue to do so as the process moves forward.
Ryan has also been in talks with Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and has backed his plan for immigration reform.
“Sen. Rubio is exactly right on the need to fix our broken immigration system,” reads Ryan's Facebook page. “I support the principles he’s outlined: modernization of our immigration laws; stronger security to curb illegal immigration; and respect for the rule of law in addressing the complex challenge of the undocumented population.”
Ryan and Rubio are likely rivals in the 2016 race for the GOP's presidential nominee.
“It’s a safe bet that Rubio will be at center stage on immigration reform in coming months, and Ryan does not want to be outflanked or to surrender the spotlight so easily,” University of Oregon political science progessor Daniel Tichenor explained to The Hill.