Ron Paul: Stop Illegal Immigration Without Creating a Police State!

by Ron Paul

Whenever the federal government decides to reform something we can be fairly sure that the problem is about to get worse, especially if they call the plan bi-partisan. The bi-partisan immigration reform proposal launched last week in the US Senate will be no different.

The new plan, introduced by Sens. McCain and Schumer, would provide a path to citizenship for many of those in the United States illegally. This would only begin after the borders are deemed secure and applicants have paid fees for their illegal entry. They must also pay back taxes on their earnings while working here without government permission. Those on a path to citizenship would be subject to background checks and would be monitored while in the US.

The devil is in the details, and the details of the McCain plan are deeply disturbing. To secure the borders he is calling for a massive increase in drones flying over US territory, spying on US citizens along the border – and presumably within the 100 mile “border zone” over which Department of Homeland Security claims jurisdiction. What if these drones detect suspicious activity unrelated to illegal immigration? Imagine the implications for the federal government’s disastrous war on drugs. Imagine what’s left of the Fourth Amendment completely tossed into the trashcan. The “privatized” prison system in the US that now benefits from the war on drugs and illegal immigration will no doubt look forward to booming business thanks to the army of drones overhead.

Additionally, the McCain/Schumer plan calls for a nationwide, mandatory E-Verify program, which forces employers to act as federal immigration agents, and forces American citizens to prove to the government that they are allowed to work. E-Verify is an East Germany-like program that creates a massive federal database of every American citizen and notes whether or not they are permitted to work.

As Cato Institute privacy expert Jim Harper noted of e-Verify, potentially tens of thousands of American citizens would come up as a false positive for illegal status, denying them the right to work and forcing them to prove to the government that they are not here illegally. He writes, “If E-Verify goes national, get used to hearing that Orwellian term: ‘non-confirmation.’”

Harper rightly notes that E-Verify is in fact a national ID card, writing last week that, “the system must biometrically identify everyone who works—you, me, and every working American you know. There is no way to do internal enforcement of immigration law without a biometric national identity system.”

Much of the most recent immigration problem of the 2000s was actually created by the federal government. The easy money policy of the Federal Reserve blew up the housing bubble and created enormous demand for labor. This artificial demand was filled largely by workers who crossed into the US illegally. Within a year of the housing market crash in 2008, an estimated one million illegal workers left the United States for Mexico and beyond. Net illegal immigration into the United States last year had fallen to zero.

As I noted in my most recent book, Liberty Defined, much of our immigration problems would be eliminated were the federal government to simply return to sound money practices and end the welfare incentive for individuals to come to the US illegally. Afterward, what remains of the problem would mostly be solved with a far more generous and flexible guest worker program. Whatever the case, turning the US into a police state in order to fight a hyped up illegal immigration “crisis” is a bad deal for us all.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=FreedomsReigning FreedomsReigning

    “So you never visited any communist country in your life or read history.”

    Here we have the dime a dozen words of an Anarchist who knows his ideas are dead and worthless to liberty; without value, a detriment, undesirable, and impossible to defend.

    Come on… You can do better than that Anarchist? Call me a sheep. Tell me how I’m just a retard and an imbecile. Speak to me in the language of the enlightened.

    You Anarchists are DONE!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=billhed405 billhed405

    Are you then saying all racists are white?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=hookah604 hookah604

    So you never visited any communist country in your life or read history.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=iliketherangersalot2 iliketherangersalot2

    Ron Paul, if you don’t run in 2016, this country is officially dead. Please do!!

    BTW, you’re son is a clown

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DeaddudeRS DeaddudeRS

    just a though, what if we have no party system election for the presidency.

    that while party’s exist in congress, no president in the white house will be aligned with any party.

    the election for the presidency would be open to many people, not just a party.

    that with a president that does not align him/herself with any party, perhaps the balance of powers can be strengthen.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MishuTaste MishuTaste

    I’m a Ron Paul fan, but I sometimes disagree with him on certain issues. I think a person who has a valid Social Security number shouldn’t worry about the e-verify system.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DeaddudeRS DeaddudeRS

    I think when the news media turn into cowards, by failing to fairly report news in a balanced and unbiased way for fear of having there funders pull money from them, you have those who have to power to not only give the illusion that there is free speech, but that there is no censorship caused by a higher authority and there special interests.

    the art of speaking, while censoring, while persuading people to believe what you want them to believe.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=FreedomsReigning FreedomsReigning

    Most Anarchists ARE Communists. Government is collective force, and legitimate government uses collective force to defend liberty; to serve justice.

    “Freedom, liberty, and their common defense.”

    So if government is collective force, let’s look at Anarchism under a new light.

    Fascism: the merging of collective force and corporate power.

    Communism: collective force owns everything.

    Anarchists are just Communists who need to get rid of what stands between them and what they unjustly want.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=nanocalp nanocalp

    in the U.S you can only be racist if your white.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DeaddudeRS DeaddudeRS

    Ron Paul has second after the Republican nomination Process, trying for a third party would not have been enough.

    for every 5 times you heard Mitt Romney or Barrack Obama, you only heard Ron Paul or Gary Johnson’s name once.

    I do believe that the media was biased and unfair towards them,unwilling to fairly report on anything that would displease those who funded them and favoring particular candidate over others.

    many may have heard the call to liberty, but many more never heard it at all.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=FreedomsReigning FreedomsReigning

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Republic? There’s a difference between state borders and national borders.

    An Anarchist wants to get rid of ALL the borders, which is why you can’t tell the difference between the two, and I say Ron Paul is a fraud and an Anarchist just like you.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=FreedomsReigning FreedomsReigning

    “Trying to deport most illegals is not only socially and economically unfit, they always create police states.”

    So no justice aye? No law? No borders? I don’t care that you want to paint illegals as great tax payers.

    Listen to Ron Paul. He’s telling you that they aren’t, and that you can solve the problem by getting rid of welfare and making them work for sound money. He’s implying that they’re freeloaders and law breakers, which they are.

    You’ll eventually need to serve justice.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=hookah604 hookah604

    Yeah lets put borders between states too!…

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MrLegalize420 MrLegalize420

    I REALLY DO HOPE I GOT IT RIGHT. ronpaul.com

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=fightitrightnow fightitrightnow

    “Why do they consider banks to be the holy churches of the modern economy? Why are private banks…not allowed to go bankrupt? – Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, The President of Iceland.”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=4MyNation 4MyNation

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Countries

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Towns

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Neighbourhoods

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Schools

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Classes

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Sports

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Anything

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White people

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=skjaldulfr skjaldulfr

    Drones don’t question immoral orders.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=skjaldulfr skjaldulfr

    More drones? Oh shit. The tool of the future’s tyrants. A tool that Obama is honing on hapless Saracens.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=CreoleFolks CreoleFolks

    Mexican Cartels, Latinos & Satanic Worship gangs. HollywoodIlluminatiDotCom

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=eschompthis eschompthis

    Illegal immigrants pay way more in fake ss income tax than you would like to believe. Illegals are contributing tremendous to our GDP. Economies without government interference adjust to fit full employment ( supply demand adjusting to natural unemployment). Illegal immigrants weren’t an issue when the economy was right. Trying to deport most illegals is not only socially and economically unfit, they always create police states. Search Gary Johnson on immigration, they all hold the same belief.

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