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The Rand Paul Evolution: Rand Paul calls for 'path to citizenship' for illegals

Politico: Rand Paul calls for 'path to citizenship' for illegals: Call it the Rand Paul Evolution. He’ll push to loosen marijuana penalties, legalize undocumented immigrants and pursue a less aggressive American foreign policy.

In an interview with POLITICO, Paul said he’ll return to Congress this week pushing measures long avoided by his party. He wants to work with liberal Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy and Republicans to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for pot possession. He wants to carve a compromise immigration plan with an “eventual path” to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a proposal he believes could be palatable to conservatives. And he believes his ideas — along with pushing for less U.S. military intervention in conflicts overseas — could help the GOP broaden its tent and appeal to crucial voting blocs that handed Democrats big wins in the West Coast, the Northeast and along the Great Lakes.

“We have three big regions where we’re not competitive,” Paul said. “And we have to be competitive in those regions.”

Paul, 49, was elected on the tea party wave that fueled GOP landslide victories in 2010, often declaring on the campaign trail that he had a “message” from the tea party: “We have come to take our government back.”

But two years later, the tea party agenda has stalled in Congress, and House Republicans who ran on that purity platform in 2010 began to tout bipartisan compromises with Democrats in 2012. Nationally, the GOP recognizes it has a demographic problem from New England to the Southwest it needs to correct ahead of the 2014 midterm elections and the next White House race in 2016.

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I do have faith that the

I do have faith that the Democrats are smarter than the Republicans. They know full well the consequences of another big amnesty -- a permanent Democratic majority. In my view liberty does not mean open borders, any more than it means that anybody has the right to squat on my front lawn.

It would take a thousand years

for them to understand Liberty, it Ron Paul 40 years to actually just make a dent, we don't have time to experiment.

If I was you, I would move to Mexico and see if you can get them to open their Southern border and have them give amnesty to their illegals, you get that done and we'll talk.

Illegal aliens support...

LICENSE, not liberty. They seek to do WHATEVER THEY DAMN WELL PLEASE, HOWEVER THEY WANT, TO WHOMEVER THEY DO IT TO.

This is NOT "liberty."

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

So now you are generalizing to all

illegal immigrants? What does this accomplish besides inciting anger? You must not be truly expressing from your heart.

Judas Paul

So at what point do we start calling him Judas Paul.

Judas Paul

So at what point do we started calling him Judas Paul.

I've been willing to call him

I've been willing to call him Judas Paul for a long time but on this issue he is absolutely right. Please note that in "1776" (and for a hundred years after) the U.S. had defacto open borders when it came to immigration.

Penalty!

It is obvious that we can never deport the millions of illegal immigrants who have broken the law to get here. So the question remains what to do. The dems have no problem pandering to this entire group with the hope that they will provide a path to a legal status for them.

The republicans should do the same with one caveat that we must demand. A penalty. Any law that is broken in this country exacts a penalty of some kind to the law breaker. Be it a fine or prison time this should be no different here.

I propose a $10000.00 fine per person payable over five years to reach the legal status. Alternative payment could be five years of military service and honorable discharge. In the meantime they will not be deported unless having committed other felonies. The fine is not negotiable nor are the terms.

Thats 200 billion to the treasury! Or they can return home. Their choice. They are all pro-choice any way!

Thats the dumbest thing I ever heard

I have a better deal, they never get to vote and they never get welfare, if they want to stay her and work, thats fine.

Do you think gun owners will get :

"hey, we can't confiscate all those millions of guns people already have"?

I doubt it.

No compromise. Yeah if your post meant a precedent for less laws I would be all for it, but it never does so long as congress continues to be a whorehouse.

No one is being deported now

No one is being deported now so there will be no real change in policy. We may have to compromise on some things like immigration in order to get someone besides a liberal in the presidency. I for one would gladly compromise on immigration if we could get someone in office who would stop the wars, repeal the ndaa, repeal the patriot act, balance the budget, and protect gun rights.

Making a deal like that is making a deal with the devil

Eventually everything you love will get voted out - its dumb.

No Amnesty ever

NO COMPROMISE!!!!!!!!!

NO FCKING MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If AMNESTY is officially granted, the leftist republican party WILL SEE NO REWARD, THE WARS WILL NOT END, THE NDAA and Patriot Act WILL NOT BE REPEALED, THE BUDGET WILL NOT BE BALANCED, OUR GUN RIGHTS WILL NOT BE PROTECTED... and we COMPLETELY lose the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Name one promise that was kept in the 86 "compromise" Amnesty!!!!!!!

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

Kathleen Gee's picture

Rand Paul's comments aren't for US...get a grip.

It's unfortunate that the most pro-Liberty Senator in memory can't count on alleged supporters of the most pro-Liberty Congressman, ever.

I would prefer to think that most of you Rand-bashers are trolls, but I'm afraid some of you really don't get it. Rand Paul is Liberty's Trojan Horse. He makes the Liberty message palatable for the 90% of eligible voters who didn't vote for a Liberty candidate this time.

"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." - Ronald Reagan

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Trojan Horse or Two Face?

If you have to talk out of both sides of your face to win, you're part of the problem. How can you all forget that it was Dr. RON PAUL's straight talk and principled record that inspired this entire movement? Look how "saying what they want to hear" turned out for Romney, as it should have.

Once we have sound money, No FED, private property rights, end the welfare state, etc... we can maybe take a look at immigration.

En Espanol...

por favor. Tiene que aprender a hablar la idioma de sus reyes! Don't bother with the Spanish version of "liberty," as it has NOTHING to do with Rand "playin' the RECONQUISTA game" Paul.

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

Auf Deutsch!

Hau ab!

When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

Yo, Rand...

The late great Terry Anderson talks about the 86 "path to citizenship" and how it CRUSHED black American communities...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUEl8WYDDus

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

Rand

Looks like he sold out. What else is new?
Here is a good path to citizenship for them. They can go to the rain forests in South America for ten yrs replanting trees, or shoveling snow in the North Pole for 5 yrs, or 4 yrs at a Lazaretto, or Stand in front of Mexico's Flag and spit on it while they are being filmed.!

It's time! Rand Paul 2016!

"Truth, Justice, and the American Way!"

Yo, Rand...

Here's a little reading of the third-world crime Americans HAVE BEEN FORCED TO ENDURE, BECAUSE OF OUR TREASONOUS LEADERSHIP REFUSES TO ENFORCE LAW:

http://www.examiner.com/immigration-reform-in-national/dave-...

(notice how many third-world rapes involve AMERICAN ELDERLY WOMAN AND AMERICAN PRETEENS!!!!!!!!!!)

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

Running for the nomination

of the Mitt Romney RINO party... All Aboard!!!

See principles DON'T matter to the Brand Paulers...

The movement either lives with YOU...

Or dies with them!

after reading the first 20 comments

I believe there audience must be partially retarded. They are certainly biased and ignorant.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

OOOHHHH... I get it!

My mistake! I though “We have come to take our government back” meant AMERICANS! I didn't realize it was actually a RECONQUISTA massage, like Obama's Yes We Can - which was actually copied from an illegal alien slogan "Si, Se Puede."

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

Kathleen Gee's picture

Immigration + No welfare, ever + No voting = OK with me

I'm fine with some kind of amnesty program, as long as the recipients of that amnesty get some kind of penalty for breaking the law, such as never being eligible to vote, and never qualifying for any government welfare program.

Hard line libertarians have always been in favor of open borders. I'm not entirely convinced...but really, what issue does anyone have with immigration, as long as there is the following:

No welfare state
No racial preferences
No minimum wage
Rule of law
No anchor babies

People break into the U.S. for jobs. Well, luckily, thanks to Obummer, we don't have any more jobs. Once Obummer is out of office and Rand Paul is elected president, the economy will boom again, and we'll be looking for cheap unskilled labor.

In a truly free market, native, English-speaking poor people would have an advantage over non-English-speaking immigrants anyway.

Let the free market deal with immigration, once we have a free market again.

"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." - Ronald Reagan

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They're already gods...let's give them some more

They are on welfare, food stamps, get in-state tuition, etc... Let's go ahead and legalize this massive left-wing voting block...genius once again Rand.

NO, NO, NO!

NO ADDITIONAL LAWS WILL BE FOLLOWED!!!!!!
DEPORTATION NOW!!!!! NOTHING BUT!

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

Illegal immigrants are taking

Illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from Americans, but there willingness to work for less causes prices to drop, causing spending to shift into other areas, causing jobs to be fulfilled there. Everyone benefits.

Ideology aside, this is factual. Hell, from 1980 to 2007 we had some of the greatest economic growth ever, alongside high levels of illegal immigration. Correlation does not equal causation, but still.

If you legalize it and allow illegals to embrace being American, maybe they'll spend more of their money over here and help boost the economy even more!

For the sake of argument....

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

You have not convinced me

You have not convinced me that the increasing economic inequality in our country, caused in part by a massive flood of immigration both legal and illegal, is beneficial for our country. I'd rather pay higher prices for fruits and vegetables if I knew it was because American agricultural workers were getting paid a living wage.

I can't WAIT...

for Rand's follow up book: The FAKE Tea Party Went To Washington And Became Worse Than The Whored-Out Politicians They Replaced.

Maybe FAKE-TEA Bachmann, West, Brown and Rubio can assist?

F the R's!!!!!!!

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

I think that the path...

I think that the path for illegal citizens should lead them back to where they originated.

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