Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Ron Paul take on Immigration

From Ron Paul 2012 website


A nation without borders is no nation at all.

It just doesn’t make sense to fight terrorists abroad while leaving our front door unlocked.

Unfortunately, for far too long, neither major political party has had the courage to do what is necessary to tackle the problem.

Instead, we’re presented with so-called “solutions” that involve amnesty proposals or further restricting Americans’ civil liberties through programs like REAL ID.

Ron Paul opposes both of these schemes and believes they will only make illegal immigration and the problems associated with it worse.  He has been proud to see states exercising their Tenth Amendment rights and protecting their citizens by refusing to comply with the unconstitutional REAL ID law.

While the federal government neglects its constitutional responsibility to protect our borders, it continues to push mandates on the states to provide free education and medical care to illegal immigrants at a time when the states are drowning in debt.   This must not be tolerated any longer.

Like most Americans, Ron Paul also understands just how valuable legal immigration is to our country.

Immigrants who want to work hard, obey our laws, and live the American Dream have always been great assets.

If elected President, Ron Paul will work to implement the following common sense reforms:

* Enforce Border Security – America should be guarding her own borders and enforcing her own laws instead of policing the world and implementing UN mandates.

* No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.

* Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful incentive for illegal immigration.  As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.

* End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.

* Protect Lawful Immigrants – As President, Ron Paul will encourage legal immigration by streamlining the entry process without rewarding lawbreakers.

As long as our borders remain wide open, the security and safety of the American people are at stake.

As President, Ron Paul will address immigration by fighting for effective solutions that protect our nation, uphold the rule of law, and respect every American citizen’s civil liberties.

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Now, my take on Ron Paul's take.

I like his message.  He's got good things to say about border security, sovereignty in general and amnesty.  But he tends to be a great critic; what he lacks is a road map to dismantling bureaucracy.  And his opposition to Real ID, coupled with his history as a champion of civil liberties, makes me wonder just how he's going to get rid of the illegals already here.

I can see an internal conflict in the mind of Ron Paul when police are asking about immigration status.  Methinks he'd be more like Eric Holder than Joe Arpaio.

And when he talks about streamlining the immigration process, is he really advising that we raise the quotas and make entrance easier?  We already issue a million green cards a year.  I fear he might be suggesting that we allow the free market to dictate who comes here, and that the process is a mere formality.

He gets some credit for at least making it an issue on his website and taking a stand.  Most candidates are quiet about illegal aliens.

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