Ron Paul's New View On Illegal Aliens?Submitted by John B on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 12:29
Will this help or hurt him?
A strange thing is afoot in the little libertarian corner of the Republican presidential primary: a race to the left on immigration.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, until recently something of an immigration hawk — no amnesty, no birthright citizenship, no welfare benefits — has, as they say, evolved. Representative Paul was a tough critic of the Bush administration’s “comprehensive reform” (read: “surrender”) project; today, he is calling for amnesty in the form of “green cards with an asterisk.” That asterisk would merely prevent newly legalized green-card holders from collecting welfare benefits or receiving full legal citizenship until certain unspecified mandates had been satisfied. If anything, what Ron Paul is proposing now is as weak as anything contemplated by George W. Bush.