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.


  • If the welfare/warfare state didn’t exist, the US could have open borders.

  • But what is illegal immigration? Is any white people illegal immigrants or the reverse only?

  • he planted a seed in the hearts of many people………..a new mindset that has had an effect that no other politcion can match….the people that love obama are logically blind….the proof is the inability to see his faults and false promises and lies……..and have you seen his E-VERIFY readouts??…he uses the soc sec. number of harrison j bounel [youtube it] watch the one with the debt collectors findings on E-VERIFY 5/18/11

  • Introduced by the famous team of Frick and Frack !!!! Name one thing the Feds ever got right ?? Another plan to waste more of OUR money !!! Ron Paul tells it like it is ,

  • i know some illegals too….it must be hard and intimidating …they have to keep a low profile ,so i don’t think we see the real person til long after they are legal…i also have seen some deported and then let back in …they must have filled the paperwork out to satisfaction of the gov….it is understandable that they want to live here,but it is also understandable that they are upsetting the economy and taking jobs our youth need to get some experiance in the workplace

  • where the hell do u get the idea that anarchist want to get rid of all the borders? where the hel do you get educated from? public school? you fail!

  • Thank you for posting!!!

  • ron paul was right in the past, he is right now..i blame sheeple and puppets for his loss..those dumbasses screwed us all..and now they are regretting it…

  • The Ron Paul solution is to change to a sound money economic system, which will stop the corporate destruction of Mexico, and to end the corporate assault on Mixico which keeps the fourty family elite of Mexico holding the majority of the populace as serfs and slaves. Dr. Paul has laid out a plan and shown it to the world and continues everyday to show it, but the majority don’t want to see it. Sound money and ending corpotate control would cause Mexico to bloom.

  • RP speaking the truth to those who will listen.

  • good vid RP! I cant understand why some libertartians want open borders. doesn’t make any sense.

  • dude… if you were born in America or Canada or any Western Country, regardless of the color of your skin, you act like a Westerner. It’s like that Russell Peters joke where he thought he was indian until he actually went to India

  • IssanStyle55 quite a racist way of making your point. These are human beings equal to you. Just because you were lucky enough to have been born here doesn’t make you better.

  • Unfortunately, I think the government, and those who agree with the government, are going to have a very rude awakening, if they continue along this course. If they would simply do the common sense things you’re outlining, Dr. Paul, there would be no need for future bloodshed in this nation.

  • all due respect to dr paul,but i think that by the time any of dr pauls policies are instated, the damage will already be done. we’ll already have hordes of roaches here demanding socialism and unable to speak a word of english. in a way it pisses me off that we have to pay taxes for all the shit bags from third world dumps to come here, go to school, and squeeze out more unamerican babies. im tired of these roaches being placed on a pedestal as if we’re obligated to support the social minority.

  • Thank you Dr Paul…always the voice of reason, wish more people would listen to him.

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  • No matter what problems the gubmint sees, the solutions are always to steal more of my money and liberties, and give both to someone else. This country is skyrocketing to hell. But hey, at least we got our SuperBowel (sic) yesterday. Yay.

  • Ron Paul = fools gold!

  • Ron Paul should of been elected! We told ya so