JANESVILLE — The man who hopes to upset Rep. Paul Ryan in the Aug. 9 Republican primary election says the government should start deporting every person who is in the country illegally when they encounter police.
The comment from Paul Nehlen, town of Delavan, came as the candidate discussed immigration issues with a Gazette reporter.
Nehlen has been saying Ryan is soft on illegal immigration, calling him “Open-Borders Ryan.”
“There should be zero crimes committed in this country by illegal aliens because there shouldn’t be illegal aliens in this country, period,” Nehlen said.
Nehlen’s solution would be to build a wall on the Mexican border–but only where it is needed–and then to tax all money sent to Mexico at 20 percent.
The money would pay for the wall and for restitution to families whose members were killed by people here illegally, Nehlen said.
Three to five years after the law is passed, any time police encounter undocumented people, they would be deported to their home countries within 48 hours, Nehlen said.
Asked how the country would handle deportations of hundreds of thousands of people, Nehlen said they might be brought to detention centers for a short time but then sent home quickly.
They would not be held in jails, he said. Rather, they would be shipped back “like a FedEx operation.”
Nehlen also supports legislation that would stop resettlement of refugees in this country until Congress decides otherwise.
The greatest threat from refugees is the Muslims who believe in imposing Sharia law, Nehlen said, referring to Muslim religious laws.
The conversation began with discussion of Nehlen’s demonstration at Ryan’s Janesville home over the weekend, which featured four mothers whose children have died at the hands of undocumented immigrants.
“These mothers want to get the message out to mothers in Wisconsin that Paul Ryan is not listening to them and he’s making it less safe in this country for their children,” Nehlen said.
A Ryan campaign spokesman called the protest a stunt, saying: “Desperate candidates resort to desperate antics. This open-border line is a myth of our opponent’s making.”
Nehlen said the mothers had been sending letters and trying to meet with Ryan with no success and said Ryan left his home Saturday and got into a vehicle without talking to the women.
The Ryan campaign did not comment when asked about Ryan’s actions on Saturday.
Immigration policy has been a major avenue of attack by Nehlen, who says Ryan allowed funding of “sanctuary cities,” which seek to protect undocumented people.
The funding came in the last omnibus funding bill, which Ryan pushed through the House, Nehlen said.
Nehlen also faults Ryan for not backing “Kate’s Law,” which would impose a mandatory five-year prison sentence on undocumented people who are deported and then return.
Kate’s Law is named after Kate Steinle, 32, who died last year after being shot in San Francisco. Police arrested Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican national and convicted felon who was in the United States illegally.
Steinle was one of the mothers in Janesville on Saturday, Nehlen said.
“All of these issues have one common response: Barack Obama,” according to a statement from the Ryan campaign. “The president would not sign any of these policies into law. Paul Ryan has advocated for changes, and he has, but only the president can change the law.”
The Ryan campaign referred other questions to an interview Ryan did with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News last month.
Ryan said in that interview that if immigration laws were enforced, Steinle would not have been shot.
In the same interview, Ryan said he opposes sanctuary cities and has been dealing with them in the appropriations process.
And, Ryan told O’Reilly, Kate’s Law needs to be written in a way “so that we are not clogging up our jails” for minor crimes such as intoxicated driving and saving the space for “true violent criminals.”
The U.S. Sentencing Commission has estimated that Kate’s Law would expand the federal prison population by 57,727 prisoners within five years.
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