Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, March 14, 2013.
WASHINGTON — On Tuesday Sen. Rand Paul will urge conservatives to abandon their long-standing opposition to a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented workers in the United States, bluntly warning that to not do so, Republicans “will need to resign ourselves to permanent minority status,” according to excerpts of a Tuesday speech obtained by BuzzFeed.
In a speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit, Paul will lay out his case for a conservative, and Republican, embrace of comprehensive reform.
“The Republican Party has insisted for years that we stand for freedom and family values. I am most proud of my party when it stands for both … Republicans need to give birth to a new attitude toward immigrants, an attitude that sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities,” Paul will say, according to excerpts of the speech.
Like many Republicans who back a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Paul argues Latinos should be a natural wellspring of GOP votes that the party has increasingly abandoned.
“Hispanics should be a natural and sizable part of the Republican base. That they have steadily drifted away from the GOP in each election says more about Republicans than it does Hispanics,” Paul will say, arguing, “Defense of the unborn and defense of traditional marriage are Republican issues that should resonate with Latinos but have been obscured by the misperception that Republicans are hostile to immigrants.”
Although Paul has long been supportive of comprehensive reform that includes some form of a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers, Tuesday’s speech represents his most detailed comments on the topic.
“Those who work for reform must understand that a real solution must ensure that our borders are secure. It must modernize our immigration controls and databases. It must allow for as much legal immigration as our workforce requires. And it must treat those who are already here with understanding and compassion — without also unduly rewarding them for coming illegally,” Paul will say.
“We should be proud that so many want to come to America, that it is still seen as the land of opportunity. Let’s make it a land of legal work, not black-market jobs. Let’s make it a land of work, not welfare. Our land should be one of assimilation, not hiding in the shadows.”
Paul also will take on many of the talking points used by conservative opponents of comprehensive reform. For instance, Paul will outright dismiss claims that undocumented immigrants have become a drain on the nation’s welfare system, saying, “I’ve never met a new immigrant looking for a free lunch.”
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Senator Rand Paul has made his decision to stand with the interests of a particular segment of American society, along with the interests of illegal aliens, or if you prefer undocumented workers. However, in doing so, is he pitting those interests against the interests of other segments of American society. The simple question must be asked, who stands for the interests of Americans? Clearly Senator Paul can no longer make that claim on this issue. One other factoid that people may find of interest: Data In New State Dept. Letter Further Proves Immigrant Welfare Prohibition Being Ignored
http://budget.senate.gov/republican/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=9a2a2ece-2216-45ec-a7b7-5f6b766678e4 Are we unsympathetic to those who have been in the country for many years, are model citizens and want to be legal? No. Are we unsympathetic to those who were brought to America as children by their parents and know no other home? No. However, we need to first secure our southern border. The open border we presently have is a national security risk. In turn, the executive branch needs to enforce the existing law. Yes, we need to reform the immigration system, so making it much easier for people to come here legally, with a focus on skilled workers and entrepreneurs. We want people who are not going to be a charge on the State. While we are sympathetic to the plight of low skilled workers from Latin and South America who desire a better life, the data shows that a significant portion of these people end up being a charge on the State. Also, the data shows a very large portion of these individuals have no desire to be citizens. While we may be sympathetic to their plight, what about the existing problems facing citizens who are low skilled or under skilled? With a national unemployment rate of just under 8% and underemployment rate of around 16% do we need to aid even more burden for the benefit of those with little or no skills? Another problem. We have many people who have been waiting for years to come here legally. How is it fair that people who came here illegally should be treated more favorably, or even equally then those who want to come here legally? Here is another tidbit. Under the Affordable Health Care Act, if illegals are deemed legal, even if they are only residents, they are eligible to participate in that program. Since many of these individuals can apply for subsidies, who will bear the additional costs? That is correct, taxpaying citizens, at a time when we are running trillion dollar deficits and we have no plan to balance the budget, let alone start to pay down the outstanding debt in the near term. In addition, citizens in distressed circumstances have expressed dismay that allowing low skilled workers who are here illegally to stay will harm their opportunity to achieve success. Is this a legitimate concern, and if so clearly citizens must be given preference over those who are not here legally. The experience in Europe shows that ethnic multiculturalism does not work, but rather leads to a segmented society with pockets were one believes that you are in a foreign country, such that the ties that bind people together fray. We see the same happening in America, were ethnic groups, who are not citizens form conclaves, and in these conclaves you are no longer in America. This is why, if someone wants to stay as a resident, it makes sense that this individual is able to speak English and has a good understanding of American history, such that he or she is able to participate fully in American society and not feel the need to live in a conclave. Just some thoughts.
1) The report you cite states that 0.0033 applications for admission to the United States are denied because of the public charge bar. That is because the vast majority of applicants for admission to the United States are able to demonstrate their ability to financially support themselves, or that their family will be able to support them. The link also refers to a “study” without a citation or link claiming 36% of immigrant based household receive a major public benefit. Without citation or link this claim is baseless. 2) The FACT of the matter is that the vast number of undocumented immigrants pay taxes and money withheld from paychecks for programs, such as social security, that as noncitizens they will not be able to benefit from.
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/taxes-key-to-immigration-debate-politics-87022.html This does not even cover the billions undocumented immigrants pay in state and local sales taxes every year. http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/04/11/How-Illegals-Pay-Billions-in-Taxes-and-Reap-Rewards.aspx#page1 I want and honest debate, so we must get our facts straight. Undocumented immigrants are not taking advantage of social safety nets and are not depriving those lawfully present in America anything. There is no date to suggest that low skill, low income, undocumented immigrants are wards of the state in large numbers. To claim so without any evidence is dishonest and counter productive to honest debate on important issues.
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