Appearing Sunday on ABC's "This Week," House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the leaked White House proposal for immigration reform harms efforts to resolve the problem.
"I did think that his words were measured and productive in the State of the Union. But putting this -- leaking this out does set things in the wrong direction," he said. "By putting these details out without a guest worker program, without addressing future flow, by giving advantage to those who cut in front of the line for immigrants who came here legally -- that tells us he's looking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution."
"There are groups in the House and the Senate working together to get this done, and when he does things like this, it makes it much more difficult to do that. And that's why I think this particular move -- very counterproductive."
Ryan continued: "I have a long record on immigration reform. I'm not a Johnny-come-lately on this issue."