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=jcvjcvjcvjcv jcvjcvjcvjcv

    Huh… Ron Paul used to say “If your economy was good, they would be wanted”, but now he says if the economy would be good, they wouldn’t come?

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

    Can I use my gun to shoot down one of these drones? Thats an unjust government in my eyes

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    So it all comes down to the reason for the war. If the war is immoral, so is the killing.

    Attacking a country that poses no serious threat, is not a moral war.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait would constitute a premeditated act; but our reply war in the Gulf was seen as a matter of liberation and defense, and the war in Iraq was framed as a war of defense against terrorist elements.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    Murder. Premeditated killing would come under the rubric of an animal lying in wait as above. Here again few would dispute that the command applies.

    War. It is here that some difference of opinion arises, and anti-war protesters have at times used this command. In light of the above delineations it appears that such objectors could be right, if a war is pursued under certain conditions

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    Manslaughter. This one is simple enough, for as noted above, this crime of passion continues to this day. Few would dispute that the command applies here or to negligence.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    or lying in wait, as one waits for prey.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    Taken together, we can discern a simple definition of ratsach: It refers to any killing that is done in the manner of a predatory animal — which means either:

    as an angry reaction to stimulus; or
    lying in wait, as one waits for prey.

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

    “collectively use force to defend liberty against what?”

    Like I’ve said MANY times; Anarchists are WORTHLESS to liberty because they have no idea what it is that threatens our liberty, mans covetous nature, nor will the defend liberty with force; serve justice.

    “The only thing you need to be afraid of is government.”

    I don’t fear government, because government is not the root of injustice, just as there will STILL be collective force in Anarchy. You have NO idea what you’re talking about.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=knight4justice knight4justice

    are you done with your emotional rant yet? You posted abut 4 posts in a row in which no coherent thought was formed. Just wondering if you are done yet?

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

    More worthless Anarchist noise.

    If you want to destroy (break up) my country like Ronnie’s friend Lew Rockwell, then grab a gun tin soldier. Stop trying to use people. Americans are wise to your BS.

    You want to define yourself as my enemy, as somebody who wants to topple my Constitutional Republic, then so be it. I say we serve justice on you Anarchists. You wanted to destroy, so you will be destroyed.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RoderickBateman Roderick Bateman

    In the 60’s anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to open their borders to non-white immigration. Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to “integrate” or face penalties for being “naziswhowantokill6millionjews.” Now anti-whites are counting down the days for when ALL and ONLY white children become minorities and eventually extinct EVERYWHERE. It’s Genocide. “Anti-racist” is a codeword for anti-white.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RoderickBateman Roderick Bateman

    In the 60’s anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to open their borders to non-white immigration. Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to “integrate” or face penalties for being “naziswhowantokill6millionjews.” Now anti-whites are counting down the days for when ALL and ONLY white children become minorities and eventually extinct EVERYWHERE. It’s Genocide. “Anti-racist” is a codeword for anti-white.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    The United States was an aggressor in every one one of those wars and they did it in support an aggressor state.

    No country they invaded, ever posed a serious threat to America. No country they invaded ever had a chance of winning.

    I will take Ron Paul’s morality above a man that killed hundreds of illiterates, and bragged about it.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    When is killing justified? When a government says so? You put government above God?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    When is killing justified? When a government says so? You put government above God?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    I’m not going to check with whatever version says, you can kill people “legally” and brag about it.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    I’m not going to check with whatever version says, you can kill people “legally” and brag about it.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GarryJoe Garry Joe

    The bible say, Thou shalt not kill.

    To be forgiven, you must regret what you have done and beg forgiveness. He did not regret it, he bragged about it.

    There is not getting around it. He is going into the fire.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=knight4justice knight4justice

    go look it up again. Check the NIV version. It says murder not kill. Killing in war is not murder.

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