Ron Paul: Consistently Inconsistent
Ron Paul is one to flip flop on the issue of immigration because he doesn’t want to outright admit his discriminatory or racist views that he has recently been questioned about. His discriminatory remarks do not only concern African-Americans but also undocumented immigrants which he refers to as “illegals.” He wants to pass himself off as a reasonable type when it comes to immigration but his true colors shine through.
Ron Paul was once asked:
Q: When you ran for president in 1988, you said, “As in our country’s first 150 years, there shouldn’t be any immigration policy at all. We should welcome everyone who wants to come here and work.” You’ve changed your view.
Ron Paul “And during that campaign I got into trouble with Libertarians because I said there may well be a time when immigration is like an invasion and we have to treat it differently. My approach to immigration is somewhat different than the others. Mine is you deal with it economically We’re in worse shape now because we subsidize immigration. We give food stamps, Social Security, free medical care, free education and amnesty. So you subsidize it, and you have a mess. Conditions have changed. And I think this means that we should look at immigration differently. It’s an economic issue more than anything. If our economy was in good health, I don’t think there’d be an immigration problem. We’d be looking for workers and we would be very generous.”
What Paul overlooks is that there has been immigration to this country in times of good and bad economic times. In fact, the Los Angeles Times reported that immigration is down due to the recession in this country. What Paul is saying is that bad economic policies contribute to immigration which is completely false. Is he one to see the glass as half empty? What he and others conveniently overlook is that there are benefits to immigration here, whether it is documented or not.
He is no different than others who condemn undocumented immigration because of the costs associated with it. Why doesn’t he or anyone examine the profits of it? Verily, this country makes a business on undocumented labor, and there are costs associated with every business. Anyone who does not see this lives under a rock or is blinded by racism.
One of Paul’s most radical views is that concerning birthright. Humorously, a staunch supporter of his might argue vigorously, and ultimately unreasonably, about NOT amending the constitution of the United States, but he’s in favor of it, so long as it allows him to deny citizenship to a child born here of an undocumented parent.
“Well, that’s constitutional, to do it (amend the constitution). Besides, it was the 14th Amendment. It wasn’t in the original Constitution. And there’s confusion on interpretation. In the early years, it was never interpreted that way, and it’s still confusing because individuals are supposed to have birthright citizenship if they’re under the jurisdiction of the government. And somebody who illegally comes in this country as a drug dealer, is he under the jurisdiction and their children deserve citizenship? I think it’s awfully, awfully confusing, and, matter of fact, I have a bill to change that as well as a Constitutional amendment to clarify it.”
Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series , Dec 23, 2007
Why doesn’t he just come out and make a generalization that all Mexicans are drug dealers?
More Ron Paul statements on the immigration issue:
“I would not sign a bill like [comprehensive immigration reform], because it would be amnesty. I also think that it’s pretty impractical to get an army in this country to round up 12 or maybe 20 million. But I do believe that we have to stick to our guns on obeying the law, and anybody who comes in here illegally shouldn’t be rewarded. And that would be the case.”
“We subsidize illegal immigration, we reward it by easy citizenship, either birthright or amnesty.”
Does this guy have any clue as to how many parents of citizens he has insulted? No, he doesn’t.
“Because of our economic conditions, we do need workers. But if we had a truly free market economy, the illegal immigrants would not be the scapegoat. We would probably need them and they would be acceptable.”
Probably? Probably??? No, this country is completely, not probably, dependent on immigrant labor, in good or bad economic times.
Paul voted to pass a bill that would require hospitals to gather and report information on possible illegal aliens before hospitals can be reimbursed for treating them. The bill would also make employers liable for the reimbursements if an undocumented employee seeks medical attention, unless the employer meets particular conditions for exemption. The bill would specify that hospitals aren’t required to provide care to undocumented aliens if they can be transported to their home country without a significant chance of worsening their condition.
Source: Ron Paul on Immigration
This shows me another typical ingrate and hypocrite, the type that shows no gratitude for the services done in this country by undocumented laborers.
The arguments against undocumented immigration are made by a pack of ingrates that fails to see, or deviously and willfully overlooks, the profits made on the backs of these people.