I would think that Paul's Libertarianish platform would be open to immigration.
Absorbing aliens requires less government than arresting them.
Pay attention to what was actually said by Rand Paul, not simply that the subject of "reform" was mentioned or that he favors a "path to citizenship" for criminals. He was very specific in HOW and WHEN that would be discussed; only after border security AND adequate "illegal" immigrant tracking was accomplished - which is, basically, never; since we will never "find" at least 7 million of the 11 million said to be here now (and are adding more every year). The vast majority of illegals now have "passable" (fake) documents to secure employment and we lack any will to press that issue.
Sen. Rand Paul: Trust but verify on immigration reform - Washington TimesIf we can’t secure our border, and if we cannot prove we can modernize our system of issuing and tracking visas, we cannot take on the task of adding more people to our system.
Consider this only an offer to "trust but verify". We now estimate that 11 million illegals are within our borders. If we grant "legal status" (but not citizenship) by issuing temporary "do not deport" documents to all of them that apply, that will be a great "yardstick" to see if this idea is practical. After two years we will likely then discover that less than 4 million (about 1/3) will "comply". At that point we should immediately deport those that DID comply and place a bounty on the remainder. A secure border is but one piece of the puzzle, since many arrive using student, tourist or temporary work visas and simply "disappear". It is insane to expect that those "illegals" granted US citizenship will continue to work hard for very low pay, since that is precisely why they came in the first place to get "better" jobs.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Rand Paul is going to make many enemies with establishment GOP but all of you thinking you have a handle on Rand's base is in for quite a surprise. His real base will include a major dent in apathetic liberals and moderates.
There's a huge difference between legal and citizen. I would make them wait a long, long time to become citizens. The came here illegally, and if they get legal status they should stand at the end of the line for anything else. AND NO VOTING.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Isn't Rand Paul a Libertarian? I don't think Libertarians are against legal immigration.
A man without fear is a fool, a man that succumbs to his fear is a coward and a brave man acknowledges fear yet presses on.
Rand Paul has now become one of those politicians that has committed political suicide, but will be around for an annoyingly long time because the liberal media will now keep that body warm for as long as possible.
Remember 2010 in Arizona? Quote: "The organizers of the four largest Arizona Tea Party organizations – including the Tucson Tea Party, Greater Phoenix Tea Party, Flagstaff Tea Party, and Mohave County Tea Party – issued a joint press release regarding their unified decision to decline endorsing a candidate in the Arizona Senate primary race between John McCain and J.D. Hayworth"
J.D. Hayworth was, of course, the single-issue anti-immigrant candidate. And Sen. McCain was as pro-immigrant and "pro-amnesty" as it could get in the mainstream politics back then. And - McCain was pretty much hated by the TPers for his wishy-washy fiscal positions and his unabashed imperialistic bravado (someone else would have to pay for).
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