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 you disagree with the war that is one thing. But dont start going after the soldiers who have fought in it.

  • and you are abusing the freedoms he fought to defend by insulting him. People like you are the worst society has to offer and dont deserve the freedoms people like Chris fought to defend.

  • If I was drafted in this war right now id do as little as possible as well because just like he did then I dont agree with or support the REAL reason we are in all these wars

  • Not only did your boy kill hundreds of people, he bragged about it.

    He is going to hell.

  • Not only did your boy kill hundreds of people, he bragged about it.

    He is going to hell.

  • ” Killing in war is not murder.”

    The bible says, Thou shalt not kill.

    Murder is not mentioned in that statement.

  • Ron Paul never did anything in the military. He was drafted, did the minimum requirements because he had to, never spent a day in the front lines, and didnt do anything remotely close on the same level as Chris so your putting Ron Paul in the same category of being in the military as Chris just goes to show that you follow Ron Paul around like a cult leader.

    The Bible says thou shall not murder. Killing in war is not murder.

  • Ron Paul is also a military man and he can say what he likes.

    If you want to support assassins and people that brag about how many they have killed go right ahead.

    The bible says thou shalt not kill. So that guy is going straight to hell.

  • I like ron paul but hes recent statement bad mouthing chris kyle was just wrong.

  • common view among who?

  • yes they do write books, you ever read the book “No Easy Day”? That is just one of hundreds of examples.

    Then lets say you are right for a second. So what? How does that justify Ron Paul insulting our fallen soldiers? Especially one has done more for America than Ron Paul can ever claim to. Either way your baseless attacks on Kyle amount to nothing.

  • And no normal soldier writes books, bragging about how many people they have killed. This is never done.

  • This is a common view and it has been held for a very long time. It is not an honorable way to fight. It is the way assassins work.

  • no one in the military likes snipers??????? wow you are an idiot.

  • I just read the tweet and have no problem with it.

    Chris Kyle glorified the numbers of people he killed and no one in the military likes snipers.

  • how does that justify what Ron Paul said on twitter insulting our fallen soldiers?

  • You cannot call yourself a patriot and support a 1984 style police state.

  • When is this comment going to cover Ron Paul’s disgusting tweet about the death of Chris Kyle. You cannot call yourself a patriot and support Ron Paul.

  • Thanks for the info. I’ve been following closely. I’ve heard every public word of Sheriff Arpaio, Mike Zullo, Susan Daniels, Jerome Corsi, et al.. I’m aware of the E-VERIFY and the Harrison Bounel identity theft results …. AND I’M GOING FREAKIN’ NUTS WATCHING THIS UTTER FRAUD SIT IN THE OVAL OFFICE UNSCATHED BY ANY OF IT WHILE CONTINUING TO ACT AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL MILITARY.
    The Leaders of the world’s major powers are aware of the fraud too … and THAT’S scary!

  • McCain is one of the biggest police state warmongers in the history of US politics.