House Speaker Paul Ryan has done what was expected of him: He blamed President Barack Obama for Republicans' inability to pass immigration legislation.
Actually, House Republicans have proved eminently capable of passing legislation; they already passed an immigration plan this year. They voted in January to strip undocumented immigrants, including the "Dreamers" who were brought to the U.S. as children, of the protection from deportation that Obama had extended to them in a 2012 executive action.
That vote represented the will of the Republican conference, which opposes legalizing the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. But chasing guiltless Dreamers out of the country sends the wrong message in a national election. So Ryan is required to repeat the cover story that his predecessor designed.
In the hours after Obama's 2012 re-election, Speaker John Boehner said a "comprehensive approach" to immigration reform was "long overdue, and I'm confident that the president, myself, others, can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all."