Paul Ryan Dodges Questions About Deportation During Book Signing

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – While signing copies of his new book “The Way Forward,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dodged questions Saturday about deportation at a Florida bookstore.

Ryan was being questioned about his vote to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. Some undocumented youth confronted Ryan at the book signing and a video of the encounter was posted by the organization United We Dream.

“A couple weeks ago you voted for defunding DACA,” one activist asked Ryan. “It would put me and my sister up for deportation. We just had a question. Do you want to deport me and my sister?”

Ryan simply replied, “Thanks for coming. Read my book.”

One of his staffers then escorted the activist and his sister away.

Another person from the United We Dream organization tried to approach Ryan later. Ray Jose told Ryan that he’d already read his book, but the Republican didn’t provide a chance for Jose to say anything else.

“Nah, I’m not getting any questions. I’m doing a book signing,” Ryan said.

A security guard then escorted Jose away from the congressman.

Earlier this month, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, were confronted in Iowa by immigration activists.

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