By Randy Bryce
Maybe it’s because I’m not a politician, but I don’t think it’s asking too much for a representative to meet with and answer questions from constituents.
Paul Ryan has made it clear he doesn’t care about doing the basics.
Ever since Donald Trump announced his disgusting plan to rescind DACA, members of Wisconsin’s immigrant community have been asking to speak with Paul Ryan so they can personally urge him to support the Dream Act, to make DACA permanent, and to block federal budget spending to fund mass deportations.
Fernanda and Valeria are two Dreamers who live in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District — and all they want is a meeting with their congressman. Paul Ryan refused to meet with them at his office, even after they went on a five-day hunger strike, and he refused to meet them at his Janesville church, even though the priest gave Fernanda and Valeria permission to be there.
But Fernanda and Valeria refuse to give up on their dream of living life in the only country they’ve ever known. Unable to get a meeting with Ryan in Wisconsin, they flew to New York to try and meet him outside the Al Smith Dinner, where he was giving a keynote address to the mega-donors in attendance.
It won’t surprise you to learn that he refused to meet them. He was too busy making promises to his corporate donors.
I guess I can understand why Paul Ryan thinks people should have to fly around the country to meet with him — since that’s what the special interests, lobbyists, and billionaires do. But constituents shouldn’t have to fly in a desperate attempt to meet their representative.
If I’m elected, I’ll meet with anyone — it won’t matter to me if you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever. If you have a problem and want me to know about it in person, you’ll be able to get a meeting or come to one of my town halls — of which I’ll have many.
There are many reasons why we need to repeal and replace Paul Ryan, but I think his refusal to meet with constituents or hold public town halls is right at the top of the list, and it’s one of the reasons why I’m running to trade places with him.
Unlike Paul Ryan, I am proud to not only stand with Fernanda and Valeria, but to have also hosted a town hall on DACA and Dreamers with them and Congressman Gallego. I support the DREAM Act, not because I am a Mexican American, but because it is the right thing to do.
If you’re with me in this campaign, please tweet at Paul Ryan with this photo and ask him why he won’t meet with Fernanda and Valeria:
Tweet at Paul Ryan
Don’t have a Twitter account? Call Paul Ryan’s office directly at 202-225-3031 and tell him to support a clean DREAM Act. Let’s jam his phone lines and make sure he can’t help but hear us.