Rand Paul Endorses Immigrant Path to Citizenship

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AK Forty Seven, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/rand-paul-endorses-immigrant-path-citizenship-033806800.html

    Rand Paul Endorses Immigrant Path to Citizenship

    Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is endorsing a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants, a significant move for a favorite of tea party Republicans who are sometimes hostile to such an approach.

    In a speech to be delivered Tuesday morning to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the potential 2016 presidential candidate declares, "If you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you." A copy of the speech was obtained in advance by The Associated Press.

    Paul's path to citizenship would come with conditions that could make it long and difficult for illegal immigrants. Chief among these, Congress would have to agree first that progress was being made on border security.

    Nonetheless, Paul's endorsement of allowing illegal immigrants an eventual way to become citizens puts him in line with a growing number of Republicans who are embracing action on immigration as a way to broaden the GOP's appeal to Latinos. On Monday, a Republican National Committee report called on the GOP to support comprehensive reform, though without specifying whether it should include a pathway to citizenship, which is decried by some conservatives as amnesty.

    Paul's move also comes as a bipartisan group of senators is nearing agreement on sweeping legislation to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, an effort that could get a boost from Paul's stance. In an interview, Paul said he could foresee backing the Senate group's emerging bill, although he plans to try to amend it on the floor with some of his own ideas.

    Paul's speech is peppered with Spanish phrases from his youth in Texas, references to his immigrant grandparents and praise for Latino culture. He says his party must adopt a new face toward Hispanics and says conservatives must be part of it.

    "Immigration reform will not occur until conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation," Paul says.

    "Let's start that conversation by acknowledging we aren't going to deport" the millions already here, he says.

    For Paul, there are political overtones to his newly articulated stance, since he's viewed as a potential presidential candidate and Hispanics are an increasingly important part of the electorate. Latino voters overwhelmingly backed President Barack Obama last year, helping seal his re-election, and Paul said the GOP needs to reverse that trend or risk "permanent minority status."

    In his speech, Paul lays out broad elements of a comprehensive immigration overhaul that has some overlap with the approach contemplated by the Senate's bipartisan Gang of Eight, which hopes to release its legislation next month. The Senate group aims to secure the border, improve legal immigration and boost workplace enforcement, as well as create a pathway to citizenship.

    Like the Senate group, Paul would aim to secure the border before illegal immigrants could begin taking steps toward citizenship, and he emphasizes this as a necessary first step to get support from conservatives.

    He doesn't specify how the border would be made more secure but says the Border Patrol and an inspector general would have to sign off. Congress would also have to agree annually for five years that border security was progressing in order for the other reforms Paul envisions to keep moving forward.

    In year two of his plan, illegal immigrants would begin to be issued temporary work visas, and would have to wait in line behind those already in the system before moving forward toward citizenship. A bipartisan panel would determine the number of visas per year. High-tech visas would be expanded and a special visa for entrepreneurs would be issued.

    Different from other approaches, Paul would not attempt to crack down on employers by expanding working verification systems, something he says is tantamount to "forcing businesses to become policemen."

    "My plan will not grant amnesty or move anyone to the front of the line," Paul says. "But what we have now is de facto amnesty."
  2. Politicians on both sides have been willfully stupid, no immigration reform will work unless we secure the border and if that means brick walls, ground sensors and land mines so be it.

    It's the price you have to pay for a welfare /nanny state.
  3. "Let's start that conversation by acknowledging we aren't going to deport" the millions already here, he says.

    No Rand, let's start the conversation by asking why the fuck we let all these cocksuckers in here to begin with? Why have we done nothing for decades to resolve this problem? Why should I believe you're anything but another hack who will sell out the country, just for another vote?
  4. This is why you guys are going to get hammered for the foreseeable future.

    You verbalized your vitriol. Kudos.

    Even if you don't your non-verbal cues give this away.

    The GOP is no friend to brown people.

  5. Lucrum


  6. Lucrum


    NO moRON. It's because the parasite/affirmative action/welfare class outnumber the productive tax payers.

    Still playing the brown skin victim eh nurse?

  7. Thats true.The GOP announced they are spending 10 million to reach out to minorities at the same time the incident at CPAC showing CPAC members justifying slavery is in the news.Thats priceless when it comes to keeping minorities in the democratic party
  8. Lucrum


    A colossal waste of money.

  9. No, jeeves, we won, remember?
  10. I agree.As long as republicans show that racism is allowed in the party they will never get minorities no matter how much they spend
    #10     Mar 19, 2013