Saving Rand Paul from Himself

Saving Rand Paul from Himself

“[Sen. Rand] Paul delivers his liberty-oriented message with a finesse his father never had. His 13-hour filibuster showed that despite being more mainstream than his father, he still has the unwavering principles that drew millions of supporters to the Ron Paul campaign. However, his announcement yesterday in support of amnesty for illegal aliens will end all the dreams many of his ardent supporters had of a future President Paul,” says Ryan James Girdusky at the Washington Times.

“There is a great irony that for all of Congressman Ron Paul’s unmovable positions that were rooted in libertarian philosophy, the one issue where he broke away from the ideology was immigration. Throughout his career in Congress, Ron stood firmly opposed to amnesty and birthright citizenship.”

Obama Administration Met With Anti-Detention Groups Prior to Release

“The Office of the Public Advocate for the US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) held a series of “community roundtables” with numerous left-wing groups that have been lobbying the Obama administration for years to reduce the detainee population in ICE facilities because those groups believe that the Obama has been arresting, holding, and deporting far too many illegal aliens. These roundtables were held regularly for three months prior to the release of several thousand suspected illegal aliens from a number of ICE facilities in February 2013,” says Michael Volpe at Front Page Magazine.

“Lorenzen-Strait has been the Public Advocate at ICE since that position was created by the Obama administration in February 2012. Ostensibly, he’s supposed to represent the public, but in reality, no less than the Huffington Post acknowledged that the post was created specifically to address the complaints of left-wing groups that were complaining that the Obama administration was being heavy-handed in its deportation and incarceration immigration policy.”

High Tech Visas Double Under One Proposal

“A Senate immigration plan would dramatically increase the number of high-skilled foreign workers allowed into the country and give permanent legal status to an unlimited number of students who earn graduate degrees from U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering or math, according to people familiar with the negotiations. The agreement would be a major victory for the tech industry, which has backed an intense lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill in recent months arguing that Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other companies are having trouble finding qualified workers because of visa limits,” the Washington Post reports.

“The expansion of the visas, known as H1Bs, is one element of talks among a bipartisan group of eight senators, whose legislation is expected to serve as the basis for a deal between Congress and the White House to retool the immigration system. The number of visas available would approximately double from the current limit of 65,000 per year.”

Sen. Leahy Says Amnesty Taking Too Long

“The Senate Judiciary Committee will not likely mark up a comprehensive immigration overhaul package until May because the bipartisan Senate group working on drafting a bill has taken longer than expected, Chairman Patrick J. Leahy said. ‘For months I have urged the president to send his proposal for comprehensive immigration reform to the Senate,’ the Vermont Democrat said in opening statement placed in the record during a committee immigration hearing today,” Roll Call reports.

“‘I have favored an open and transparent process during which all 18 Senators serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee will have the opportunity to participate and to propose or oppose ideas for reform,’ Leahy said. ‘The Majority Leader has agreed that we need regular order in the consideration of comprehensive immigration reform. This process will take time. It will not be easy. There will be strongly-held, differing points of view.’ Leahy’s comments come the day after six Republican Judiciary members, including ranking member Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, cautioned Leahy against rushing the bill through committee.”

Study Shows Not All Immigrants Assimilate Quickly

“South Americans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans are settling among the existing U.S. population more readily than Mexicans, the nation’s largest Hispanic group, a trend with implications for politics, the economy and other areas of daily life,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“South Americans, including Argentines and Venezuelans, have the highest levels of education and are the least segregated from other ethnic groups in the U.S., even if they are more recent arrivals, according to the study.”

“Every group except Mexicans has experienced a substantial decline in residential segregation from whites since 1990, according to the most common measure of segregation, the ‘dissimilarity index,’ which measures the distribution of two groups in a neighborhood and how much one group is over- or under-represented in relation to the other.”

Who Benefits from Guest Worker Programs? Not Us, Say Workers

“In the peak of the harvest season, California needs some 400,000 farmhands, and usually 70 percent of them are undocumented immigrants,” said Rayne Pegg of the California Farm Bureau Federation.

“At the national level, half of the million workers that put fruit and vegetables on the tables of American families lack work papers, says FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform.”

“Mexican laborers at the California Mushroom Farm, for instance, fear that with a [new guest worker program], new arrivals will cause them to lose benefits they have earned over the years, such as health insurance and paid vacations. In Oxnard, 100 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of Los Angeles, Mexican worker Reinaldo Arevalo, 61 and with bushy mustach, said a program for temporary workers would not help people like him at all.”

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    Merrill Colby on

    I keep readng the the statement that in our country “No One Is Above The Law”. That statement should be revised to read “except 12 to 15 Million People In Our Country ILLEGALLY.

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    I want to like Rand Paul but he will not let me. I can not, I will not, forgive him for his vacillating on the illegal aliens crisis. His so-called “trust but verify” proposal is ambiguous, apparently nothing more than a euphemism for indefinite legal status for illegal aliens.

    I loved his filibuster, but he could walk on water and not get my support unless he stops concocting immigration proposals that will be lethal for all things conservative/libertarian.

    For the one thousandth time: ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS MUST LEAVE THE COUNTRY — PERIOD! If that is not done, everything else is meaningless. If illegal aliens get to stay here legally it is de facto amnesty that very soon will become full citizenship and 20,30,40 million new Democrat votes. All of the pretty speeches about the Constitutiona and limited government will be swept away by a tidal wave of new, hardcore Democrat (socialist)votes.

    Instead of worrying about a few delusional Hispanic votes he ought to worry about the millions of conservatives who will never — ever vote for any politician who pushes for amnesty, and they will become permanently alienated from the Republcan Party.

    We also need to send this message to all of those who fawn over Rand Paul — like Sean Hanniity. We need to spread the word through all the “conservative” WEB blogs: We will never accept ANY FORM of legal status for illegal aliens; don’t push Paul, Rubio and their pro-amnesty ilk on us if you want to avoid one hell of a fight among conservatives. This is not a warning it is a promise. Surely we can find a real statesman we can all support.

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    cynthia curran on

    Rand and Ron Paul always supported business hiring illegal immirgants. They only supprted tigther border security being libetarin both were against e-verify.

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    I would love to see just one politician stand up for Americans as strongly as Rand Paul did for illegal aliens. With the millions of unemployed citizens, Sen.. Paul chose to invite the third world in by saying, “If you want to work, we’ll make a place for you.” Sorry, Sen. Paul, you just lost many Republicans by being so willing to sell us out Hopefully, as well as posting, everyone is writing or calling him on this. He needs to know that many of us are not “standing” with Paul at all!

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      Mass Immigration Is Unsustainable on

      Rand Paul needs to understand the concept of single issue ANTI-amnesty immigration voters as Ann Coulter is now identifying herself. That speech was insane for anyone but coming from someone who recently supported a time out from mass immigration to make up for any amnesty it was shocking in how far he swung. If you didn’t know who gave that speech and read the transcript I wouldn’t even guess who gave it from the opposition to E-Verify. Even the most open border Democrats pay it lip service (so long as it goes along with amnesty). It’s the ONLY pro-enforcement chip ever discussed and Rand isn’t even for that. Incredible.

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    The Rand Paul story makes a very good point. But it’s is his dad Ron Paul who says it. He notes the antagonism that meets the contention that illegals will become Democrats when amnestied. But as he points out, Latin immigrants, of which most of those amnestied will be, have turned California into essentially a one party state dominated totally by the Democrats. Why would anyone expect any different result from the vast class of poor and uneducated who would be given amnesty.

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    So Leahy says this proposal is “taking too long”. It should take a long time. They want to stuff this down our throat again and they don’t want people to know what’s in it and be able to debate it. The answer should be NO. It’s not just amnesty, it’s a wide open giveaway to industry. Once again, the American worker gets the shaft and our politicians sell out to the highest bidder.

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    Concerned Citizen on

    Rand Paul sounds like a guy running for high school class president when it comes to immigration. It sounds as if he’s promising the federal government won’t have any rules for entry and if you do enter illegally, no problemo! Everyone gets unlimited recess, unlimited lunch breaks, no homework and soda machines in the lunch room. What a fun country to live in when there are no rules!?

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    When It Comes to Panderring to the Foreign/Corporate Amnesty Goose That Lays the Campaign Contribution Golden Eggs

    Almost ALL Dem/Rep politicians will succumb.