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Ron Paul
Updated: 01/23/12
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Tell Ron Paul how he can do better on immigration:

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Oppose Amnesty/Legalization
  • Although Rep. Paul has always said he opposes amnesties, he also refuses to back enforcement measures that would lead to significant attrition of the illegal population. He is particularly weak on removing the jobs magnet that keeps illegal aliens in the country. His own book in early 2011 suggested a legalization that would provide legal residence and work permits but not citizenship. However in all the months of debates and campaigning since, he has not promoted that idea (nor has he repudiated it). His strong advocacy of turning off the benefits magnet helps him to a FIRST STEPS rating.
  • No Amnesty -- The Obama Administration's endorsement of so-called 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform' granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants will only encourage more law-breaking."
    Source: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/
  • At the November 22, 2011, GOP Presidential Debate, Rep. Paul said, "If you subsidize something or give people incentives, you get more of it. So if you give easy road to citizenship, you're going to have more illegals. If you have a weak economy, which is understandable and we should have prevented, that's understandable. But giving -- mandating to the states and to Texas that we have to provide free medical care and free education, that's a great burden. It's a great burden to California and all the border states. So I would say eliminate all these benefits and talk about eliminating the welfare state because it's detrimental not only to here but the people that come because that's the incentive to bring their families with them."
    Source: http://thepage.time.com/2011/11/23/transcript-cnn-national-security-debate/
  • At the Republican debate on September 7, 2011, Rep. Paul said: "Obviously, [illegal immigration is] a very big problem. I think we need to remove the incentive -- easy road to citizenship. Nobody has mentioned the fact that they qualify for benefits as well, you know, the welfare benefits. We shouldn't have to give -- the state of Texas shouldn't be forced to provide free health care and free education."
    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/us/politics/08republican-debate-text.html?pagewanted=all
  • During the debate at the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll on August 11, Rep. Paul said, "I don't think we should give amnesty and [let illegal aliens] become voters.... I don't believe in giving entitlements to illegal aliens, and I don't support a mandate on the states to do so."
    Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/08/ames-debate-romney-bachmann-paul-huntsman-santorum-gingrich-pawlenty-cain.html
  • In his 2011 book Liberty Defined, Rep. Paul says that “immigrants that can't be sent back due to the magnitude of the problem should not be given citizenship -- no amnesty should be granted. Maybe a 'green card' with an asterisk should be issued.... It could be argued that [this system] may well allow some immigrants who come here illegally a beneficial status without automatic citizenship or tax-supported benefits -- a much better option than deportation.”
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 156.
  • In his 2011 book Liberty Defined, Rep. Paul notes that “sending twelve to fifteen million illegals home... isn't going to happen. Neither the determination or the ability to accomplish it exists. Besides, if each case is looked at separately, we would find ourselves splitting up families and deporting some who have lived here for decades, if not their entire life, and who never lived for any length of time in Mexico. This would hardly be a Good Samaritan approach to the problem. It would be incompatible with human rights.”
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 153.

Mandate E-Verify
    • Rep. Paul has never co-sponsored a bill mandating E-Verify. He philosophically opposes having businesses involved in keeping illegal foreign workers from getting jobs.
    • During the debate at the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll on August 11, Rep. Paul said, "I don't like putting the burden on our business people to be the policemen. … If an illegal comes into our country and a church helps them and feeds them, we don't blame the church."
      Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/08/ames-debate-romney-bachmann-paul-huntsman-santorum-gingrich-pawlenty-cain.html
    • In his 2011 book Liberty Defined, Rep. Paul says we shouldn't “punish third parties for not being keen to act as law enforcement agents in regard to illegal immigration. Blaming American employers and fining them for hiring an individual, directly or indirectly, possibly with a counterfeit identification, strikes me as a compulsory servitude not permitted under the Constitution. Determining who is legal or not is a police and court function, not a responsibility of private business..”
      Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 155.

Reduce Overall Immigration
  • Rep. Paul has never indicated there is any problem with the federal government using immigration policy to drive the largest population explosion in U.S. history. He generally supports increasing immigration as high as businesses might want it to go, although he seems to prefer temporary over permanent immigration. But his actions in Congress tend to be less geared toward increasing immigration than his pronouncements, saving him from an Abysmal rating.
  • In his 2011 book Liberty Defined, Rep. Paul notes that if government-mandated free services and the government-created unemployed crisis were "fixed," then the resulting "free and prosperous economy" would look for labor and "immigrant workers would be needed and welcomed. This need could be managed by a generous guest worker program." Rep. Paul continues by saying we should "restore our economy to a healthy free market with sound money and eliminate deficit-financed government. A vibrant economy will minimize the problems and produce a high demand for both domestic and immigrant labor" and "with free markets and private property, a need for immigrant labor becomes obvious. Make it easy and legal with a generous visitor worker program."
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 153-154.

End Chain Migration
  • Rep. Paul has not taken any actions to reduce non-nuclear family chain migration, although there have been bills he could co-sponsor every year.

End Visa Lottery

Limit Unfair Worker Competition
  • In his book last year, Rep. Paul espoused a largely unfettered business philosophy of allowing employers to import far more foreign labor than they do now. He avoids an ABYSMAL rating by having generally stopped talking about this in the later months of the campaign.
  • In his 2011 book Liberty Defined, Rep. Paul notes that if government-mandated free services and the government-created unemployed crisis were "fixed," then the resulting "free and prosperous economy" would look for labor and "immigrant workers would be needed and welcomed. This need could be managed by a generous guest worker program." Rep. Paul also says that "with free markets and private property, a need for immigrant labor becomes obvious. Make it easy and legal with a generous visitor worker program."
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 153-154.
  • Rep. Paul also notes in his 2011 book that "Maybe a "green card" with an asterisk should be issued [to illegal aliens].... It could be argued that [this system[ may well allow some immigrants who come here illegally a beneficial status without automatic citizenship or tax-supported benefits -- a much better option than deportation."
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 156.
  • Rep. Paul continues in his book that "many claim that illegal immigrants take American jobs. This is true, but most of the jobs they "take" are the ones unemployed Americans refuse at the wage offered. Rarely is this even minimum wage; it's usually higher." He also says most immigrants "have a work ethic superior to many of our own citizens."
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 154.

Secure Border & Fence
  • Rep. Paul has a checkered record in Congress and in speechmaking about the borders. But changes on his official website and his forceful pledge to take resources used to protect other countries borders and apply them to U.S. borders just barely moves him into EXCELLENT territory, compared with the promises of other candidates.
  • At the Republican debate on January 19, 2012, Rep. Paul said: “Why don't we take those resources and quit pretending we can defend those borders and put them on our borders and take care of our needs here?”
    Source: http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012/01/video-watch-the-full-cnn-southern-republican-debate/
  • On his campaign website, Rep. Paul says: "A nation without borders is no nation at all. . . . It just doesn’t make sense to fight terrorists abroad while leaving our front door unlocked."
    Source: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/
  • Rep. Paul has been especially strong in supporting more Border Patrol and the rights for border land owners to protect themselves. But in Congress he has consistently voted against other tougher measures to secure the border. His career record in Congress earns a C-minus on his NumbersUSA grade on Borders. Only two Republicans in Congress have a worse grade.
  • At the Republican debate on September 7, 2011, Rep. Paul said: "But there is a mess down there, and it's a big mess. And it's the drug war that's going on there. And our drug laws are driving this. So now we're killing thousands and thousands of people. That makes it much more complicated. But the people who want big fences and guns, sure, we can secure the borders -- a barbed-wire fence with machine guns, that would do the trick. I don't believe that's what America is all about. I just really don't. We can enforce our law. If we had a healthy economy, this wouldn't be such a bad deal. People are worrying about jobs. But every time you think about this toughness on the border and I.D. cards and real ID, I think that it's a penalty against the American people, too. I think this fence business is designed and may well be used against us and keep us in. In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital. And there's capital controls and there's people control. So, every time you think of fence keeping all those bad people out, think about those fences maybe being used against us, keeping us in."
    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/us/politics/08republican-debate-text.html?pagewanted=all
  • During the debate at the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll on August 11, Rep. Paul said, "....I do think we could deal with our borders. One way I think we could do it is to pay a lot less attention to the borders between Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan and bring our troops home and protect our borders. Why do we protect our borders overseas when we don't protect our borders at home?"
    Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/08/ames-debate-romney-bachmann-paul-huntsman-santorum-gingrich-pawlenty-cain.html
  • In his 2011 book Liberty Defined, Rep. Paul waxes lyrical on what would occur in an ideal libertarian society. In such a world, he says, "borders would be blurred and open. It would be something similar to what the Constitution did with the borders between the various states." However, he does note that civilization is nowhere near capable of such a policy. Indeed, he notes that today, "some rules are required."
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 151.
  • In his book, Rep. Paul says, "Even today with all our government excesses we have millions of people and businesses protected by private security. Dow Chemical has fences and private security guards, as do most of the chemical plants located a few miles from where I live. If a problem occurs, the police or sheriff is called. But if a rancher on our border wants to stop trespassers on his land, he is forbidden from doing so. The Feds don't even allow the state law enforcement officers to interfere! This, they argue, could lead to violence if an appropriate use of force is not used. Shooting suspected illegal aliens on sight would be a horrendous error and serious people are concerned about it happening. At the federal government-maintained borders, where a war is going on, the violence is already out of control and growing. The conditions we have created with illegal trafficking in immigrants is serious...."
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 152.
  • Rep. Paul continues in his book: "Enforce the laws now on the books with more border guards;... allow landowners to provide private property security assistance, just as we do every day throughout the United States, and to work with Federal Border Control authorities. Private landowners have a right to post No Trespassing signs on their property to achieve this."
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 153.

Implement Entry/Exit
  • Although several years ago he voted for an amendment that would have implemented the Entry/Exit system so that we can keep track of visitors, his new book expresses opposition to requring U.S. citizens to go through the same procedures when leaving and entering the country. But the only way to ensure that foreign citizens leave when they are supposed to -- and are entered into our system when they come into the country -- is to require all travelers to be checked in and out.
  • In his 2011 book Liberty Defined, Rep. Paul expresses his consternation with efforts to control border traffic: "Another concern I have with the immigration issue is that the strong border protection proponents are as interested in regulating our right to freely exit the country as they are in preventing illegal entry. No longer can we travel even to Canada or Mexico without a U.S. passport. Our government keeps tabs on our every move, which involves a lot more than looking for drug dealers, illegal immigrants, or stopping a potential terrorist.... A tight border policy to keep certain people out is one thing, but tight border control to limit our ability to leave when we please is something else.... The REAL ID, supported by those demanding stricter control of our borders, was rejected by many because it was eventually seen as a step toward a national ID card."
    Source: Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 157-158.

Support Local Enforcement
  • In his 2011 book Liberty Defined, Rep. Paul expresses support for local enforcement of immigration laws while stopping short of supporting Arizona's interior enforcement law, SB 1070. He says, "permit states to enforce [immigration] laws" and "Arizona-type immigration legislation can turn out to be harmful. Being able to stop any American citizen under the vague charge of "suspicion" is dangerous."
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 155, 158.

Punish Business Violators
  • In his 2011 book Liberty Defined, Rep. Paul says we shouldn't "punish third parties for not being keen to act as law enforcement agents in regard to illegal immigration. Blaming American employers and fining them for hiring an individual, directly or indirectly, possibly with a counterfeit identification, strikes me as a compulsory servitude not permitted under the Constitution. Determining who is legal or not is a police and court function, not a responsibility of private business."
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 155.

Tackle Refugee Fraud
  • Rep. Paul has not taken any action regarding TPS or cracking down on refugee fraud.

End Birthright Citizenship
  • In his 2011 book Liberty Defined, Rep. Paul says the United States should "not grant automatic citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born in the United States, deliberately or accidentally."
    Source: Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect our Freedom. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 155.