From: An Anonymous Reader [Email him]
I keep having hopes for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) but I suppose they may never be realized, at least not in the immigration area. Here is his new immigration plan announced in the of the Washington Times: Sen. Rand Paul: Trust but verify on immigration reform. [February 8, 2013]
In effect, it is just a re-shuffling of every other “immigration reform” plan with a greater emphasis on a “border security” trigger assessed by the GAO and then presented to Congress, which would vote on whether “border security was progressing”(?)
If Congress agrees, then the mass amnesty process starts. It does not take a genius to figure out this “border security” trigger will be gamed by the Open Borders cabal, both in the bill’s language and actual implementation.
“Border Security, including drones, satellite, and physical barriers, vigilant deportation of criminals and increased patrols would begin immediately and be assessed at the end of one year by an investigator general from the General Accountability Office. Most importantly, and in contrast with any other plan out there, my plan will insist that report be presented to Congress for a vote. If, and only if Congress agreed that border security was progressing, then more reforms would ensue. If we can’t secure our border, and if we cannot prove we can modernize our system of issuing and tracking visas, we cannot take on the task of adding more people to our system.”
Oh yes, Rand Paul wants immediate increases in STEM and work visas issued effective on the bill’s signing, regardless of the aforementioned amnesty provisions.
“Under my plan for comprehensive reform the US would begin with prioritizing Visas for immigrants with advanced degrees, the so-called STEM Visas and an immediate expansion of the work Visa program. These reforms would happen immediately.”
So basically, this bill is at least as bad as the others we have seen lately.
Peter Brimelow writes: My impression of Rand Paul is that he literally hasn't thought about the immigration issue (not unusual for cloistered libertarians) and doesn't really understand it. (In the video linked here, although commendably citing Milton Friedman on the incompatibility of immigration and the welfare state, he confuses green cards with citizenship). It is logically possible to combine libertarianism with immigration patriotism, and Paul (like his father) has shown signs of doing so instinctively. Whether this will survive the pressures of the MSM, left-libertarian loonies, and campaign donors is questionable—unless, of course, he actually wants to be President.