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Rand Paul Endorses Immigrant Path to Citizenship

By ERICA WERNER | Associated Press | Mar 19, 2013


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is endorsing a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants, a significant move for a favorite of tea party Republicans who are sometimes hostile to such an approach.

In a speech to be delivered Tuesday morning to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the potential 2016 presidential candidate declares, "If you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you." A copy of the speech was obtained in advance by The Associated Press.

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Facts be damned! AP smearing Rand, just as they did his Father

watch the full video of Rand at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce speech, and judge for yourselves:


Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

The Title Is Patently False

Rand introduced a bill that only includes work visas. He wanted an alternative to the bills that include a path to citizenship. His bill specifically does not include a path to citizenship.

Yup, it's AP afterall.

ASSociated Press, stealing elections, faking news, to now faking headlines!


so what else is new? Oh right, it's a Thursday Lie day, as opposed to every other day of the week for the MSM. LOL!!!

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

I understand why Rand did what he did

It ain't great, but it is what it is.

At least he didn't take the Romney way out....

"Mr. Romney, what is your plan on immigration?"
"Self deportation"
"So.....no plan"

The Extreme Left - Give every

The Extreme Left - Give every illegal alien total complete amnesty, let them all become citizens if they want to, and give them free everything regardless of whether they want to work or not.

The Extreme Right - Send every damned one of them back home immediately! I don't care if they've been here for ten years, if they're here illegally - off they go, adios.

Rand is avoiding the extremes. I think most Americans have a heart, and are willing to let many illegal aliens stay provided they are good standing people who want to work hard and become citizens of the United States.

However, many Americans are also well aware of the fact that not every illegal alien is here to work for the American Dream, they don't play by the rules, and they don't get punished like US citizens do when they break the law - as they should. Americans HATE double standards. Most of us play by the rules, and when we break the law, we pay the price in some way, shape or dollar form.

I hope Rand Paul stresses the hardships certain people endured in order to LAWFULLY become US citizens. They're stories are seldom heard, and should be encouraged and supported by every American.

They followed the rules. They respected our laws! Show them how it's done, Rand Paul!

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Your post is confusing

The Extreme Left - Give every illegal alien total complete amnesty, let them all become citizens if they want to, and give them free everything regardless of whether they want to work or not.

Isn't that what Reagan did?


the problem with giving citizenship to undocumented immigrants according to a comment I read online on a article on illegal immigration: I live in the suburbs of Houston, Tx, where illegals are everywhere you go. The majority I have spoken to over the last 10yrs (not the ones who came 20+ yrs ago-very different)have no intentions on becoming an American and most detest the notion. The majority, especially from Mexico come here to get all the free ‘wellfare’ the are privy to, and believe they are going to take their land back, aka Reconquista de Atzlan. They are taught this in Mexico, I have read it in their school books. Texas will soon end up like Mexifornia, and be bankrupt from the people on the dole, out numbering the working class. Nothing makes me angrier then when I see an illegal wheel up here cart overflowing with groceries, pulls out 3 or 4 Lone Star cards to get it all for free! She’s dressed in Tommy Hilfiger and the like, her kids wearing the same, they wheel the cart out and get into a brand new fully loaded $50 grand Suburban! The only solution to the problem is to cut off the welfare system to all undocumented people period! If they were in Mexico they wouldn’t receive anything, so why wouldn’t they come get the free stuff? This allows them to work cheaper, destroying the wage base, and if a white person gets laid off from their job, they can’t survive, if they can even find someone to hire them to do labor work, as they have zero chance of getting welfare.


Rand needs to be very careful of what he says and how he says

it. The immigration issue could ruin nomination chances.

The abortion stance is probably the issue that will keep him from POTUS. I have not read or sen writingon the details of his life at conception bill proposal.

Rand's "Life at conception,"

Rand's "Life at conception," bill will not keep him from becoming president. The bill is rooted in science, not religion.

Life does begin at conception, and science has proven the fact. This proposed bill does NOT, "effectively ban abortion," as some are suggesting. All it does it say in plain English that a fertilized egg is indeed a life. Can't we agree on that? Just like we all agree that the sun will rise tomorrow, why can't Americans agree that life starts at conception now that scientists all over the world say it's true?

People say this will help Rand with the far right of the republican party. I do not agree, because the far right wants an all out ban on abortion in all 50 states. In their eyes, Rand's bill doesn't do enough.

I think all Rand is trying to do is get Congress, and the American people on both sides of the aisle to recognize a simple fact of life. The sky is blue, the grass is green, and life itself does indeed begin at conception. If anything, I think Rand is going to get a lot of support for this bill...even from the left.

Because it's based on science, NOT religion.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.


To all you people bashing Rand Paul and saying they should have came here legally, first of all blame the US for not securing there border good enough and making most of LATAM impoverished in the first place. Blame the drug wars and the US not doing anything to legalize drugs and stop the war that is being waged on LATAM, second for god sakes we have to facilitate the legal immigration in the first place reform is needed to accomplish this. Rand Paul is right we just cant deport all those people most of these people are here to work and want to be productive and tax paying people of society. If you are a criminal then you get sent back to your country of origin simple as that. We should also not give incentives to people to come here illegally because they think they can get anything free, they should come here because they want to work and make contributions to American society. All you people saying oh illegals here illegals there the system is so hard to get here legally in the first place, most of your ancestors had it easy they either made it to the US through Ellis Island and were asked nothing! Most of it due to the fact that they were of European decent yes its all pure racism into play, had it been Africans or Asians they would have been turned away. People really think about it sometimes there are laws put into place that make no sense and go against our constitution, should be reformed a huge example of this is the segregation laws, so you are going to tell me if you were African American and lived through that era just because the law tells you to do something well it must be right! no we have to stand up for the right of our selves and of others! We need reform of this whole immigration laws because they are blatantly flawed!

you seem a bit prejudice

"making most of LATAM impoverished in the first place."
please expand on this.

"its all pure racism"
i thought we brought in a bunch of Asians to work here on the railroads? and i know the Irish immigrants (white people) were heavily discriminated against. pure racism?

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.
But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

-Theodore Roosevelt 1907

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Well on the "making most of

Well on the "making most of LATAM impoverished in the first place." is by American corporations like for example fruit corp and others taking over indigenous land and paying the indigenous next to nothing to work in there factories along side paying the governments by giving aide or simple putting in "puppet governments".

"its all pure racism"
The Irish were discriminated on by other ethic groups that knew the Irish it wasn't like the majority of the population were against their stay. As for the Asian they were just not relatively close to the amount of Irish immigrants that were here let alone the Hispanic immigrants. Hispanics get discriminated on based on their color and appearance among the typical stereotypes by the majority just like blacks did.

Nice quote of Theodore Roosevelt but i differ on the last part of it. "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language..." we as a free society should be keen and eager to let people of other countries to be able to speak their language and their native language because we are a melting pot and we have the right of freedom of speech. although i believe English should be the primary language but that shouldn't hinder the person from using other languages to express them selves and if you think otherwise you definitely need to read the constitution.


...to see many of the comments on this libertarian site.

The libertarian/liberty position is that, as long as you harm no one else, you should be free of harm from another. In a free society, one is free to travel as long as one doesn't trespass. As long as an illegal alien is living on his own property, or renting consensually from another, he should be free to do so.

If anything, I'd expect the criticism of Rand here to be of the "he doesn't go far enough" variety.

No cookie cutters here..

I think you'll find that when it comes to immigration, there are a wide variety of opinions held by those who frequent this site.

Immigrants aren't the problem...

Welfare is the problem. The "illegal alien" debate is a red herring.

I'm reaching up and reaching out.
I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.
Spiral out.

It appears Rand must have received

his MD at a Mexican Forgery Shop, because he couldn't of earned it through studies in a College! Nobody in their right minds could support such an action if they were trully educated???

I could right a book full of stories about the illegals, but I'm going to give you a brief story my brother just learned from a nurse at a high school in the 5th Ward of Houston. Just some background info, 10yrs ago 5th Ward was majority Black, now it's Mexican. She told him she has to deal with 14,15 and sixteen yr old Mexicans, who are pregnant, all the time (By the way she's Mexican/American). Now for the kicker! Their parents 'encourage' them to get pregnant so they can receive more benifits! Then she tells him how they don't let the students take their books home, because they won't bring them back or lose them. However, the students keep demanding they should get their own laptops!!!! She said they scrouged up money to buy digital cameras, but they said they refused to take them, and demanded they get laptops!!!! Rand you are either a pawn to the Corporations or just plainly an ignorant fool! 90% of the illegals I talk to don't want to be citizens, they just want all the free stuff, and believe they are going to take 'their' land back, which they are told was stolen from them. I have read in Mexican school books, it tell them of their duty to 'Reconquista la Atzlan' or retake their territory of Atzlan. They say Santa Ana was a POS Spaniard and didn't have the right to reliquish the land after he was defeated at San Jacinto. Rand is becoming more of an establishment globolist shill by the day! I'll bet Dr Paul will be thinking, he had so much promise, and pissed it all the way to join the Team of failure.

How is that an immigration problem?

It sounds like a welfare problem. Cut the benefits and they will leave in droves. Some of them have actually already smartened up and realized Canada is way more lenient and gives out way more free stuff and have moved even further north. Again not an immigration problem a to much free shit problem.

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    Maybe, but

    I do not want them taking our jobs or crowding our roads and housing, either. Nor do I want all the crime they bring with them. Free stuff or not, illegal aliens, as well as too many legal third world immigrants, are destroying America with overpopulation and cultural alienation.

    What jobs would that be?

    The goods jobs already left and they aren't coming back. They are in China. Over population is not a problem. You're looking for all the wrong solutions to our problems. Lets start with the monetary systems. It pretty much starts and ends there. Fix the monetary fix the world.

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    I'm reaching up and reaching out.
    I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
    And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
    We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.
    Spiral out.

    Is he a MD?

    I thought different.

    This headline is false

    Rand never mentioned a "path to citizenship" in his whole speech. Basically he is talking about finding a way to let many of the illegals who are here already stay, without giving them citizenship. So its not amnesty, its not a pathway to citizenship, it's just a way to let families already here, stay here in a legal way.

    They may not

    stay. They are violating our laws and swamping our infrastructure and culture. They must leave. The government must keep its promise made in 1986 that there would never be another amnesty. The government must enforce the law in good faith, which is not yet happening. I personally will never acknowledge any person who obtains US citizenship by amnesty or even by being born on US soil to foreigners residing in the US illegally. They are not Americans and never will be.

    There's no such thing

    ...as unlawful immigration. No woman or man gets the slightest say about where another man or woman decides to live.

    The NWO set up a hegelian dialectic regarding the migration aspect of free trade (the ultimate "solution" to which will be a call for global government). The important thing to remember is to be less gullible about such obvious swindles.


    ...email me your home address and my tribe and I will come on over, move in, insist you pay the bills, provide medical care, ignore your property and house rules and work toward claiming your home and property for our own when we have you outnumbered.

    I am waiting.

    Ha, what the hell are you talking about?

    You make no sense.


    ...it is called an 'analogy'.

    This one was designed to illustrate the underlying fallacy of the expressed principle of your claim.

    There is no difference in what you proffered and what I responded with. I merely contextualized it to a more personal level, to properly illustrate the practical result.

    It really isn't a difficult concept or a confusing analogy.

    That's what you think

    One is a generalized claim that no one may prevent anyone from stating their intention to "live in the territory commonly known as Australia" or to "live in the territory commonly known as Hawaii" or to "live in the territory commonly known as the City of Montreal."

    Your risible nothingness of a comeback tried to make a pathetic leap of logic from legitimate civilization to a desperately manufactured claim that ease-of-migration necessarily leads to people barging into the private residences of others.

    Try grabbing that elusive thing called a clue.


    Your arguments are sophistry and intellectually dishonest.