Following the revelation during the 2012 presidential race that Rage Against the Machine was one of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) favorite bands, many wondered whether the conservative Wisconsin congressman had ever paid attention to the band’s lyrics.
To judge from his vote on Friday to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he didn't. The policy, known by its acronym as DACA, shields some 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as children from deportation for a renewable two-year period and allows them to work legally in the United States.
Fronted by radical Chicano lyricist Zack de la Rocha, Rage Against The Machine often invoked Mexican-American themes and railed against the injustices that immigrants face in the United States.
It appeared at one point that Ryan, who emerged last year as a prominent advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, might have been influenced by those lyrics he heard while pumping himself up for his workout routines.
Friday's vote to kill DACA makes that theory seem less plausible.
Here's five Rage Against The Machine Lyrics Paul Ryan ignored when voting to kill DACA.