Because Rand Paul had raised the idea of a moratorium on legal immigration Peter Brimelow had been retaining some hope for him.
Tuesday’s predictably appalling speech to my mind ends that hope.
Via Refugee Resettlement Watch’s sister blog Potomac Tea Party Report I learn the following disgusting story-
...Paul is singing a different tune now that he has Presidential aspirations compared to 2011 when he stood up to one of the leading LEGAL labor importing programs in the US—the Refugee Resettlement Program—when it imported two (now convicted) Iraqi refugee terrorists to work in the Kentucky meatpacking industry.
Paul was my hero…when he demanded hearings and held up some funding for refugee resettlement in the wake of the terrorist arrests in Bowling Green, Kentucky here in June 2011
Apparently Paul conveniently forgot this brush with reality last night:
“We … must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future,“ Paul said. “We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities. We must be the party that says, ‘If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.’”
No disclaimer, no bit of verbiage to suggest not all immigrants have assets to bring to America! No qualifiers, no nothing, just come on in and take the jobs! Of all people, Paul knows the dark side of LEGAL immigration.
BTW, I had many communications a few years ago with some Americans who worked in meatpacking and who said the work paid a very attractive wage UNTIL the meatpackers (Tyson Foods etc!) realized they could get cheap immigrant labor.
The meatpackers looking for cheap immigrant labor must have gotten to Rand Paul…Posted by Ann Corcoran February 13, 2013 (The Meatpacking wage/Immigration saga is of course infamous)
Rand Paul’s main political value has been that, because of the great but tragically flawed virtues of his father, he has been equipped with enough name recognition to outflank Conservatism Inc’s New White Leader blockade.
But reversing himself like this to ignore the damage being done by America’s Immigration disaster - of which he is well aware- presumably just to ingratiate himself with the corrupt GOP Establishment flunks him out in my view.
Goodbye Rand Paul!