Skip to comments.Paul: Still hope for immigration reform this year
Posted on 04/26/2014 9:34:47 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) thinks theres still hope for immigration reform this year, but only if Democrats are willing to negotiate.
People have to acknowledge that the Democrats, if they want it passed, have to make more of a compromise, he said in a talk to students at Harvard's Institute of Politics on Friday.
Paul envisions that compromise as some sort of legal status status and a place for people here so that they can come out of the shadows, let them begin paying taxes, let them not be locked up and having them run from the authorities, he said. But he said that status would not include the voting rights that everybody wants.
He said voting rights could come someday, but at this point in the debate the only reform he thinks could pass is a more stripped-down bill.
The Senate did pass a comprehensive reform bill last June with strong bipartisan support, but Paul voted against that bill because, he said on Friday, it doesnt do enough. He said the caps on different kinds of workers were too low to effectively deal with the problem.
We cant have a limit so small that it doesnt encompass what the demand is, Paul said.
Hopes for final passage of a reform package this year have faltered in the House, where Republican leaders have said they have no plans to bring up the Senate bill for a vote, and no alternative comprehensive reform package has emerged. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) seemed to confirm the slim chance for reform this year during a speech Thursday in his home district where he mocked fellow Republicans for refusing to tackle the issue.
"Here's the attitude: 'Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,' " he told a meeting of the Middletown Rotary Club.
But Paul charged that the failure to move forward with reform lies partly with Democrats, some of whom he said are content to keep beating up the Republicans on this because its helping the party win the Hispanic vote.
And then there are some responsible people on both sides who want to pass something, he added.
The Kentucky senator concluded: I still think something could pass this year. Some of it more than anything is attitude, that we treat people with dignity and respect and that we acknowledge that we were all immigrants at one point in time, that immigrants are an asset.
Securing the borders and enforcing existing laws would be a terrific reform.
Unfortunately I don’t thing that is what Rand is referring to.
And where is this magical place where illegals are “running from the authorities?” I see them testifying, appearing at public events, getting licences to practice law, scholarships for college and on and on and on. Rand Paul has lost his mind.
Rand Paul didn’t fall far from the tree.
He had one?
Yes, one would think the first thing they would offer is a solid plan of action to ensure this influx of criminals stops - immediately - and permanently. Immigration should be orderly and within our laws, rewarding those that follow the laws and the steps to becoming a citizen.
” I see them testifying, appearing at public events, getting licences to practice law, scholarships for college and on and on and on. Rand Paul has lost his mind.”
Follow examples of countries with successful programs for immigrant workers. I was in Singapore a few weeks ago which has infrastructure and prosperity which makes US look like a 3rd world country. Just one example, Singapore airport has several dozen PC’s for use by passengers with free internet. What is the last time you saw such facility in a US airport?
So what is Singapore’s immigration policy?
Their unemployment rate -40%. In other words there are 40% more jobs than there are citizens of Singapore. So do they have open borders? Heck no!
They issue 2 year work permits for foreign workers. There are currently 2 million such workers in Singapore. They must return after 2 years to their country of origin and re-apply for another work permit. So authorities know every alien’s address and work address. They know exactly who is there and what they are doing. In USA we have no clue!
Has someone kidnapped the old Rand Paul?
This is getting crazy. He’s done more to turn away social conservatives in one week than any candidate I can ever remember.
Maybe they’ll return the real Rand Paul for a rino and an intern to be named later.
At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear him coming out of the closet any moment now.
And that's good news.
I always love “reform”. Remember campaign finance ‘reform’ in the 90’s? Clinton and Gore were caught dead to rights. Instead of busting them, the politicians initiated ‘reforms’. New laws that were promptly ignored. Same thing will happen here. The best reform is enforcement.
Rand Paul is a “thinking” man. He has well thought out policies and ideas for this country. The “knee JERK”, “sound bite” mentality of his critics is just politics. They support someone else.
Listen, and more importantly understand, his positions on the issues. He makes SENSE. Just shouting “AMNESTY” is a pathetic and ignorant response to immigration reform.
More smart policies of Singapore government:
There are signposts everywhere declaring “Singapore has death penalty for drug smugglers”. Result: there is no drug problem!
Singapore has no food stamps program. If you do not work, and are not disabled, you starve or find a charity.
Singapore has no unemployment compensation program. No wonder everyone has a job!
Do you truly consider yourself a conservative?
Or are you here just at the behest of Rand Paul to protect him?
What a jerk.
Rand Paul is a smart guy and I think he would be the most likely candidate to try to restore our Constitutional Republic, the Constitution, our liberty and our freedom. He is 1 of the 7 Senators that voted against the NDAA because he thought it was Unconstituional and gave the government dictatorial power.
Rand Paul thinks we should have a great military primarily geared for defense, that we should quit sending money to nations that hate us, we should help defend our allies, and nation building through war (Iraq) is not the right thing to do. Rand Paul thinks that if we have to go to war, we strike hard, using our power to defeat quickly rather than have a war designed to make defense contractors rich.
Actually, he didn’t drop far from the bull.
Rand Paul has a level of thought which only appears rational to other stoners.
Rand Paul is at best a Cheshire conservative. you are at best a shill for said Cheshire conservative.
At worst Paul is an undocumented Democrat. What that would make you I’ll leave for people to decide themselves.
repubs have no balls to do repeal on anything. also no balls to enforce existing laws.
we have no real representation from any major political party.
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