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Updated: 2/01/2015
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Mandate E-Verify-plus
  • Sen. Paul has spoken several times about the E-Verify system.  While we believe that Paul is not against verifying that employees are not illegal aliens, in 2013, heexpressed concern about creating a National ID card system: "Many see measures contained in this bill, such as a strong E-Verify and a ‘photo tool,’ as a means to control unlawful immigrants’ access to unlawful employment. I worry that they go too far. I will fight to remove the photo tool from this legislation because I think it will become a national ID." Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/DC-Decoder/2013/0524/Rand-Paul-s-beef-with-immigration-reform-bill-the-E-Verify-system

Prevent illegal border entries & surges
  • During a January 2016 Sirius XM townhall Sen. Rand Paul said he does not believe in building one continuous wall along the U.S.- Mexico border. “But if you look at the border there are going to be places that there are walls. There are walls in some of our cities now and they do tend to work — in the desert though, if you had a 1,015 miles of desert, I would probably put five or six helicopter stations and I would have sensors. But everybody who came in illegally would be sent back,” Sen. Paul said. Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/26/rand-paul-with-sufficient-legal-immigration-you-dont-have-illegal-immigration/

  • Sen. Paul has a solid track record of supporting border security legislation and for speaking out in favor of securing the border. He offered an amendment to the 2013 Gang of Eight amnesty that would have guaranteed the completion of the border fence and has attacked the president over the border surge: "President Obama won’t send them home, .... That’s a beacon without any kind of border security." Unfortunately, Paul has not discussed with specificity what he would do to secure the border. Source: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/07/Rand-Paul-I-m-a-Moderate-on-Immigration

Implement Interior Enforcement

Finish entry-exit system to track visa overstays

End automatic birthright citizenship
  • In 2011 Sen. Rand Paul co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Vitter to end automatic birthright citizenship. "Citizenship is a privilege, and only those who respect our immigration laws should be allowed to enjoy its benefits," said Sen. Paul. "This legislation makes it necessary that everyone follow the rules, and goes through same process to become a U.S. citizen." Source: http://www.vitter.senate.gov/newsroom/press/us-sens-vitter-paul-introduce-birthright-citizenship-legislation
  • When asked about birthright citizenship during the September 2015 CNN Presidential Debate Rand Paul referenced the 1898 Supreme Court case United States vs. Wong Kim Ark. "The case that was decided around 1900 was -- people had a green card, were here legally, and they said that their children were citizens," Paul said. "There's never been a direct Supreme Court case on people who were here illegally, whether or not their kids are citizens. So it hasn't really been completely adjudicated." Source:
  • Sen. Paul, when asked in April 2015 if he favored eliminating birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens, said, "Yeah, I think if you have a broken system like we have now, you can’t let just people -- you know, I’ve always agreed with Milton Freedman who said you can’t have open borders and a welfare state. You can’t become a magnet for the world and let everybody come in here, have children, and then they all become citizens. So I still do agree with that." Sen. Paul acted in 2011 to end birthright citizenship, introducing a constitutional amendment to achieve this. Source: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-lawmakers-take-aim-constitutional-principle

Oppose work permits for illegal immigrants
  • At a January 2016 campaign stop Sen. Rand Paul said he would be willing to give work permits to the illegal aliens already living in the U.S. “What I am for is border security,” Mr. Paul said. “Secure the border first, but then I think we can find a way to give work visas or some way of accommodating the people who are here, but it’s not amnesty.” Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jan/29/rand-paul-ted-cruz-creating-false-narrative-wants-/

  • Sen. Paul supports granting a work-permit based amnesty to illegal aliens, but wants to have border security in place first. Paul did oppose the 2013 Gang of Eight's amnesty bill and submitted a border security amendment with triggers to that bill. Sen. Paul seems to be more concerned with creating new citizens that will vote for the Democratic party than with the impact legalizing illegal aliens would have on American workers. "Border security first, but then we should have something that allows people who want to work in our country who are here to say we will find a place for you if you want to work, we link it to work because as Republicans." Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/rand-paul-reform-immigration-citizenship-not-possible-yet-n137586

Support overall reduction in annual immigration
  • During a January 2016 Sirius XM townhall Sen. Rand Paul advocated to increase the number of legal foreign workers that come to the U.S. “I also would have a work program, have legal immigration, and I would have it sufficient to match what we do need in the country,” he said. “And if you have sufficient legal immigration, you don’t have illegal immigration. And then really there is this balance and less of a need for, you know, razor wire.” Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/26/rand-paul-with-sufficient-legal-immigration-you-dont-have-illegal-immigration/

  • In October 2015 Sen. Rand Paul introduced legislation to expand the EB-5 visa program. This is the most open-handed, favorable legislation to-date for the reauthorization and renewal of the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The legislation would make the program permanent and raise the total number of visas available under this program. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ali-jahangiri/eb5-program-legislation_b_8229944.html
  • During a radio interview in October 2015 Rand Paul said he would end America’s current policy of giving Cuban immigrants a quick path to permanent legal status and “just make the policy consistent with the rest of immigration policy.” Under the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, Cubans who reach the United States can become legal permanent residents after one year even if they don’t meet normal requirements for a green card. Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/christophermassie/rand-paul-says-hed-probably-stop-giving-cubans-special-immig#.shg5PnZgY
  • In an April 2015 interview on "Face the Nation", Sen. Paul said he opposed the 2013 Gang of Eight amnesty bill because it didn't increase immigration enough. "And I think what I have tried to say is, what we want is more legal immigration, so we have less illegal immigration. But I am open to immigration reform. I voted against the bill that came forward, though, primarily because it limited the number of legal work visas." Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Archive/2015_CBS_Rand_Paul.htm
  • In June 2015, Sen. Paul said the best way to end illegal immigration is to have increases in legal immigration. "That’s one of the best ways you secure your border is having an adequate visa program, having an adequate legal program, but you also, in order to have security if people don’t obey your rules, they have to go immediately back." Source: http://www.breitbart.com/california/2015/06/14/rand-paul-lights-the-torch-for-san-diego-republicans/
  • In a December 2015 CNN interview Sen. Rand Paul said he supported halting all immigration from the Middle East. "We have to have a pause on immigration from the Middle East till we can get a handle on 'are we admitting people who want to attack and kill us?'" Source: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand-paul-wants-to-halt-all-immigration-from-middle-east

End chain migration
  • Despite being a member of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Paul has not addressed chain migration and has not introduced legislation to reduce it.

Protect against unfair work-visa competition

End visa lottery
  • Sen. Paul has had the opportunity to oppose the visa lottery in the U.S. Senate and he has not done so. Furthermore, we have been unable to find any statements he has made on the issue.