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.


  • 1 dislike on this video. Must be Big Brother.

  • I agree with the problems cited with e-verify, but are you for open borders and no immigration system at all? Don’t we already have a dbase of SSN and passports? What is the Ron Paul solution?

  • politics is all man-made and makes me sick. Poisoned, I guess…
    But Ron Paul gave me grreat example of “if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger” and…
    beware traitors in Washington!

  • Ron Paul Do you support Amnesty?
    Article 1 Section 9- No ex post facto laws

    History of Retro Active Immunity in the U.S.A.
    1. 1965 granted for illegal merger of six large banks
    2. for illegal use of toture
    3. illegal wire taps- Fisa bill that lead to the patriot act
    4. illegal payments to judges. SBX211

  • Ron Paul LIED about 9/11 and helped cover up this crime.
    A liar is a liar.

  • Hmm. Mexicans get everything for free and Muslims are excluded from obamacare. Interesting.

  • Does this surprise you? When you work for major media you have to have certain ideals to get ahead.

  • When I started working I knew and worked with many illegal’s that were very hard working and decent people but there are a majority now coming across that are anything but decent or hard working. They know that they can literally get away with murder and do so.

  • Papers…Papers, please. Smacks of Nazi Germany.

  • stock up on shot shells for the drones.

  • this the beginning of the mark of the beast , read Revelations , we are the church of Philadelphia , we took prayer out of school and the 10 Commandments off the walls, SO we are denying Gods name and he allowed our liberties to be taken from us , we need RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION TO RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION, and for that we need the blessings of an ALL MIGHTY GOD read Revelations Chapter 3 verse 7 thru 13 , I thinks the bankers are from the syn of Satan, they used to bow to us now we bow to them

  • Is Texas gonna have to secede. The lone star state

  • 1 obama supporter . Ron Paul shoud be our president obama is a fucking clueless idoit.

  • Look, Rand might have done some things his father’s followers disagree with, but I don’t think you’d like it if I call someone in your family a clown to you.

  • I don’t know what you mean by fraud, but Ron Paul is an anarchist (voluntarist) just like me..
    What are you afraid of? collectively use force to defend liberty against what?
    The only thing you need to be afraid of is government.. to defend liberty you must just own a gun and be not afraid to use it if necessary.. But government is a monopoly on force, if you try to resist you will be overwelmed with force while your neighbours watch and justify that in the name of government.

  • The government we have over us is illegal, and so is our current legal system, and so is our current economic system…
    We are propagandized with very sophisticated psychological techniques designed to completely enslave us.
    Good day.

  • ofc it does.

  • 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 Whites

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White

  • And are you saying color has anything to do with culture in this day and age…

  • Anyone who can’t distinguish between you’re and your is a clown