Rand Paul Is Right On Immigration

Yesterday, I read in the Washington Post:

“The dramatic shift in the Republican Party on immigration continued Tuesday, as conservative tea party icon and possible 2016 presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) endorsed an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws that would allow the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants to obtain legalized status. ‘ [reform] will not occur until conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. That’s why I’m here today. To begin that conversation and become part of the solution,’ he said in a breakfast speech Tuesday morning before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington.”

Paul wants a way for immigrants to obtain “legal status” but not citizenship, and he wants to allow more legal immigration. While I don’t know his specifics, in general he is right on both counts.

To deal with the second issue first. Our immigration restrictions come from an extremely “progressive” and eugenicist time in our history. They were adopted from the same rationale as Margaret Sanger’s abortion ideology. They assumed that a growing population was an economic problem. That is exactly the opposite of the truth. In fact, the United States is at the threshold of a demographic implosion. Not only should we allow immigrants, but soon we will be begging them to come over unless we see an immediate change in the reproductive habits and preferences of US families. Actually, even an immediate change probably wouldn’t help soon enough.

Having restricted immigration, we now face a situation in which the best and brightest in other countries are kept there because they have too much to lose if they break US law. Middle-class people can’t typically afford to sneak into the country and expect any kind of life. More engineers and more doctors and more professionals of other kinds will mean a higher standard of living for everyone. Yes it is true that a relatively few professionals get to charge more due to the restriction on competition, but that isn’t the same as economic prosperity for the whole country. Furthermore, as costs go down, there are new growth opportunities. There are many instances of immigrants coming here and starting businesses and providing opportunities for natives they would never have otherwise.

For desperate poor on the other side of our southern border our immigration laws are simply useless. When time in jail represents an increase in your normal standard of living, laws are not going to deter you from trying to live in the United States.

Since this population is relatively marginal, they have their share of problems you would expect: in addition to working poor you find people who are criminals or who want to take advantage of the Welfare State that Americans who were born here were stupid enough to construct. But so what? Criminals can and should be punished and welfare should be ended for everyone. That doesn’t mean that people who want to work here and are willing to pay taxes should be hated and reviled.

To evade this basic ethical imperative, conservatives typically make strident statements about the evils of “amnesty for “lawbreakers.” It is time to state the truth about these claims: If you are a Mexican husband and father who will watch your wife and children live in misery because you insist on honoring an unjust and tyrannical US law that tells you to stay where you are and rot, rather than move to where you can better yourself and your family by hard work, then you are a slothful and negligent husband and father. Those laws that these immigrants have broken are tyrannical and unjust laws. They are an embarrassment to the heritage of freedom that gave us the Declaration of Independence and the US powerhouse of free enterprise. Those laws should be ended and forgotten, not used as an excuse for abducting people from their homes and exiling them back to a country because they happened to have been born there. How can people who honor the original Tea Party in Boston (an illegal act) turn around and claim that the mere existence of a law on paper justifies this kind of assault on persons and property? Were all participants in the “underground railroad” that helped slaves escape the South and slavery all “evil lawbreakers”? These “illegals” should not only get “amnesty," but they should get an apology as well!

This brings us to Rand Paul’s second issue: should these people have “legal status”? If it is not citizenship, then yes. Immigrants are a threat if they can vote immediately, because then they are essentially a foreign power that threatens the domestic population. If government is force, then any population that can vote is a threat to use force against others. The rapid granting of citizenship is an evil strategy. The right to life, liberty, and property are real. The franchise is an artificial construction, not a “natural right.”

If we increase legal immigration so anyone who wants to work here and live under our laws can come here, then the problems faced by property owners on our southern border will end. At that point, the only people sneaking over will be real criminals, and we can deal with them appropriately.  The pressure will be gone.

PostScript: Notice that granting “amnesty” makes no sense at all if you plan to keep the same laws in place restricting immigration. It means you are encouraging lawbreaking even as you claim the law is just. To keep immigration restricted and then grant amnesty from time to time is a strategy to attract a resentful minority and then, every decade or so, gain a quick influx of resentful voters. I want to see this Democrat recruiting tool ended forever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mdhenry1 Mike Henry

    We are not going to be able to "fix" illegal entry into our country (I mean "our" as American Citizens) until we close the gap which allows "outsiders" to enter illegally. When Washington gets serious about border security, then, we may be able to do something about our illegal immigrants.

    • Doodlebug

      You are so right Mike, and I for one, do not want to see these "illegal" immigrants get to citizenship before the people who have come here legally. And, this would need to be THE END OF COMING ILLEGALLY! That means secure our borders first. I want to see them speaking English like the rest of us when they are out in a crowd. They can speak their native language in their own homes or with their own people. I go to a place for a service I can no longer do for myself. The provider speaks English to me but when speaking to other employees, they speak in their native tongue and that is just plain wrong. If they can't say what they have to say in front of me, then shut up until I am gone. It is very rude. If they want to be a part of America, they need to act like it.

      • DrSique

        The problem with security and delayed citizenship is that many don't care to become citizens. They will be perfectly content with the immediate legalization and plenty of American dollars to send home.

  • Screeminmeeme

    "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.

    But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all.

    We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."............Teddy Roosevelt

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

      Very true. But, most hispanics have no real desire to be part of this country and many believe they should seize it as theirs. It use to be that a immigrant to this country would learn the language and its customs while keeping their language at home rarely if ever spoken out of it. These people come in and will not assimilate themselves to our Nation, Language or Culture.

  • John

    So now all of a sudden we are against the immigration laws and welcome migrants with open arms? Sounds too good to be true, but I'll take it! Good job everyone.

    • Randy Renu

      Reminds me. Do you still have your Green Card?

  • rodmar2

    The Republicans have lost their minds.

    The illegal aliens will never vote Republican.

    We do not trust our politicians because of things like this, We were told
    in the 80’s there would be no more AMNESTY’S.

    I switched to the Republican party and voted for Marco Rubio because of his
    strong stance on illegal immigration. I will not be voting for him next

    I feel he and the other Republicans that are putting forward another
    Amnesty have betrayed the Working Citizens of our country.

    If the Republicans push and help pass another AMNESTY, they will never win
    another national election again.

    You can call it anything you like, but if the 11 million illegal aliens are
    allowed to stay her and continue to work or be allowed to take any new jobs the
    become available. IT is AMNESTY.

    It will not help in any way the 14 million unemployed American workers or
    the 20 million under employed.

    These people came her illegally by walking across the border or over
    staying a Visa. They knowingly broke our laws and the Knuckle heads in
    Washington want to Reward them with a job. What is wrong with this

    All the talking heads in Washing ton and the media can not be trusted.
    They are far removed from the plight of the working class in the U.S.A. and now
    will give job preference to illegal aliens.

    This administration will not enforce any part of an immigration bill that
    it does not like or agree with, or if the Democrats' control the house again the
    wont fund the enforcement. They never funded building the entire fence
    authorized in the last bill. Janet Napolitano has dragged her feet on this and
    many other enforcement issues. She just let over 2200 criminal illegals go.

    How can we trust them.

    If President Obama does not like the enforcement part of a immigration
    bill, he will just issue another executive order to by pass it.

    I don’t believe we can trust him at all.

    • DrSique

      You're right, newly legalized aliens will never vote for republicans and millions of working class conservatives will forever abandon them. The party will die. Therefore, the Senator is deadbang wrong on immigration and my support for him just tanked.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

        I have tried to warn people that he is just like his father on this. Ron would love open borders with no restrictions and all you have to do is look at the last debate. Rand unlike Rubio would not allow E-Verify to be used. Of course Obama is against it for the simple reason that he could not pass.

    • melmc13

      It would be helpful if you actually read the whole article. For instance, legal status is not equated to citizenship, which is required for voting. Therefore, their voting status would not even be an issue. This is one of the first approaches to the problem that I've seen as potentially workable. Did you even read what was written? Mark Horne wrote a well-reasoned article and you countered in long-winded fashion with all the objections that we, as conservatives, have trotted out over the years without considering some other possibilities. There is a way to be open-minded and not have your brains fall out. There is also, as it appears here, a way to be so close-minded that your brains are squeezed to uselessness.

      • ves

        They will be given the right to vote and IMMEDIATE ACCESS to ALL FREEBIES and BENEFITS!!
        This is just a BS way to get in!!

      • rodmar2

        Legalization is the issue. There are documented cases of
        illegal aliens voting in our elections.
        All it takes is an illegally obtained drivers license. Motor Voter Registration.
        Do you know anyone who was put out of work because of the 11 million aliens. What do you say to out of work construction workers when the housing markets starts to come back, sorry your job is being done by one of our new government made legal construction workers.
        There are currently 1.4 million unemployed construction workers. Legalization will not help any of them.

  • ed357


    Rand Paul is dead wrong on Immigration........

    1st.........Build an impenetrable double wall on our borders.......

    2nd........Have our troops patrol this border wall and prevent further illegal invaders from entering the US....

    3rd.........Come up with a plan to citizenship for some of the deserving illegals invaders.....keeping in mind that some immigrants are here legally and should be at the head of the line....


  • http://twitter.com/DonBahn1 Don Bahn

    The laws against hiring illegals MUST be enforced, then they will go back to where they came from because if caught they can not come back legally even as a day worker.

  • Joe Sabin

    How about adopting the same rules as Mexico has in existence. Illegals are not accepted and face jail time. No government benefits, such as free education, food stamps, housing, medical, etc. Deport them and give their jobs to healthy Americans on SSI, Welfare, Extended Unemployment, thereby reducing the amount they receive from the government.

    Any thing less is not what America needs. If the GOP backs what is being said, may the party along with the Democrats rot in hell.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carl-Johnson/1515032171 Carl Johnson

    The path to citizenship should be go back get in line and wait, I don't care if we increase the amount of people immigrating, but shut down the flow of illegals first, deal with the current illegal population, then make clear that the law does not make you a citizen just because you we're born here, you need at least 1 citizen parent to be a citizen. PERIOD!

  • urbisoler

    The authors of this article are wrong. Malthus warned us many years ago that overpopulation would destroy civilization. We haven't maxed out yet but the Four Horsemen are not keeping population on an even keel. Today, there are people dying of starvation, diseases, war, pestilence, etc. an still the world population increases. Simple mathematics should tell you that there are limits. How to explain, otherwise, scientists desperate search for another livable planet on which to move. It may be altruistic to allow amnesty and increase legal immigration into the US but it will surely decrease the national lifespan in the process. Should the US look out for ourselves or should we go down with the ship? Tough choices but my guess is that the survival instinct will take over before the politicians lead us down that primrose path to oblivion. Let the hoarding begin!!

  • dean29685

    Listened to Rand today on Glen Beck what he stated about all subjects put him in better light than any of his pears. But I still would rather see a new person like West Run.

    • ves

      Rand just lost my vote and I told Him so!!!
      CUT IMMIGRATION until Legal US Citizens are Back to work!!!

  • Chad

    Nothing can be done untill the border is actually secured... Shovel-Ready jobs, right there waiting.

  • DOOM161

    They already have a way to obtain legal status: Immigrate legally. People do it every day.

    There have been 11 million illegal immigrants in the US for well over a decade. Does anyone actually believe that number hasn't grown?

  • ARMYOF69

    I actually like Rand's ideas on handling the wetbacks.

    • ves

      Then you don't live in a Border State and you damn sure don't know what you are talking about or dealing with!

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  • ves

    He's WRONG ... His Father is WRONG and Anyone Supporting any type of Amnesty is WRONG!!!
    ILLEGAL ALIENS are Destroying the US and Over Immigration takes US JOBS!!!
    LEGAL US CITIZENS are being FORCED into UNEMPLOYMENT and POVERTY because of Immigration and ILLEGAL ALIENS!
    ILLEGAL ALIENS are NOT Conservative ... Christian or even very Moral ...these are the same Marxist Communist Socialist Radical muslim IDIOTS that have Kept Chavez Castros' .. Iran .. NKorea ..Palestine ...etc IN POWER!!
    These jerks HATE LEGAL US CITIZENS and Wish us HARM ... they are so arrogant they get on TV and tell us we owe them and we should give them a free ride!!
    Are Any of Y'ALL paying attention out there????

  • Isaac Pentlin

    This will happen again and again if something different is not tried. we have drones that could patrol the border. But that would invite lawyers and law suits.. Then the legal Hispanics are harboring the illegal Hispanics. They need to be charged with sedition. Stop them from harboring criminals, and you will stop illegal migration.. Make an agreement with Mexico to used their prisons for $x amount; that makes mexico a leaper country. Then I would send the seditionists and Illegals. Asian Foreign Exchange student going AWOL are going to Maxico.

  • ves

    NO we will NOT change OUR Laws for ILLEGAL ALIENS or Foreign Nationals!!
    If they don't like the Laws then they can hauls their *ss's back to where they came from!!!
    We haven't been a nation of immigrants for centuries and all nations started the same way!
    Women in the US can't afford to have a lot of kids because we have to work to Pay High US Taxes that these Parasites cause to INCREASE because they have sucked the US Social Services and Social Security and Medicaid DRY and YES the PERCENTAGE is HIGH 30MILLION and Growing every 18MONTHS!

  • turfbarn80

    Rand's brilliant idea will create 20 more Democrats even if the illegal aliens get mere legal status, because all their kids will vote for freebies. In addition, does he realize we already have a huge unemployment problem? How will increased legal immigration do anything but make our own entry level poor have to compete with more and more immigrants until wages are globalized to the floor? Rand Paul had his moment in the sun, but now he sounds like old man McCain. What's in this surrender for Americans?