On WorldNetDaily, Michael Thompson has an analysis of the difference between what's on Rand Paul's website as his official position, and what was in his speech to the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. You may remember that James Kirkpatrick said recently that that "Paul could with one stroke distinguish himself from the entire Republican field simply by keeping his “secure-our-border-by-any-means-needed” campaign promises. "
This looks like not happening.
Moves from 'clear threat' to 'we'll find you a job'
Published: 60 mins ago
WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the winner of the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll for 2016 only days ago, has told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that there should be a path to citizenship for illegal aliens in the United States.
Reversing the position now posted on his official Senate website, where illegal immigration is called a “clear threat to national security,” Paul told the chamber that, “If you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you.”
The two positions appear to be at odds.
On his U.S. Senate website, he makes clear he does not support amnesty and considers illegal immigration a “clear threat to our nation’s security:”
I do not support amnesty, I support legal immigration and recognize that the country has been enriched by those who seek the freedom to make a life for themselves. However, millions of illegal immigrants are crossing our border without our knowledge and causing a clear threat to our national security. I want to work in the Senate to secure our border immediately. In addition, I support the creation of a border fence and increased border patrol capabilities.
Immigrants should meet the current requirements, which should be enforced and updated. I realize that subsidizing something creates more of it, and do not think the taxpayer should be forced to pay for welfare, medical care and other expenses for illegal immigrants. Once the subsidies for illegal immigration are removed, the problem will likely become far less common.
I support local solutions to illegal immigration as protected by the 10th amendment. I support making English the official language of all documents and contracts.
Millions crossing our border without our knowledge constitutes a clear threat to our nation’s security. Instead of closing military bases at home and renting space in Europe, I am open to the construction of bases to protect our border.
But he told U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce :
“Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport” the millions already here, the potential 2016 presidential candidate told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into becoming and being taxpaying members of society.
“Immigration reform will not occur until conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation and to be part of the solution,” Paul said[More]