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.


  • Where did you work? I want the proof that where did you work on which job. If it work with that devil,you will not come to this ron paul video AGAIN ever.

    and plz dont troll and reply me

  • Sounds like someone is dependent on government handouts…

  • you have nothing better to do than talk shit on Ron Paul videos, you must be Mitt Romney.

  • You’re all a bunch of fudgepackers.

  • wRONg Paul is a faggot!

  • So your calling him a sheep because he disagrees with Ron Paul like millions of American’s? Well you follow Ron Paul like he’s your cult leader.

  • e-verify sounds a lot like when we had slaves and people were to aid in returning the accursed runaway slaves weather they were actually a runaway or were free, all the accused were captured and put into slavery again.

  • Do you know what it is to covet? If you want to know where injustice is born and what you’re facing, you’ll need to understand WHY a person DECIDES to use both a gun and a government to take what they unjustly want; their covetous nature.

    Like I said: “Anarchists are WORTHLESS to liberty.”

    They’re victims of causality, and don’t understand the problem. They try and blame injustice on government. They’re akin to gun grabbers who think they can get rid of injustice by getting rid of guns.

  • you are a fuckin moron, follow the sheep that you are.

  • wRONg Paul is a batshit crazy jackass and you fuckin’ paultards are a bunch of sideshow freaks…….seriously!


  • There’s a reason why hitler didn’t go into switzerland and it’s not the swiss government..

  • You don’t give an answer that makes you sound like you know what you’re talking about.. What threatens our liberty then according to you? Other governments?

  • Ron Paul is my president and has been for the last four years.

  • there is actually no process, and the current “process” will take 20 years or more, better said; its completely worthless. As Dr paul said ” a way more generous guess worker program” will be a solution. But as we all know, the corporate-run government of ours lets them in illegally so their friends in business can hire them for half the pay, no benefits and no rights… no wonder why takes them 20 years to get here legally.

  • And just FYI… Ron Paul was a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force during Vietnam. Many of our wounded were transported by aircraft rather than on a Navy ship. Do you have proof of your assertions that Paul was a slacker in the Air Force? Then show it. Otherwise you’re insulting a man that may have saved quite a few lives of our wounded soldiers during their transport.

  • Excuse me, but Ron Paul did make a second statement which clarifies that he was referring to the government. Quote, “As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend’s violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event. My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle’s family. Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences. A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies. -REP”

  • I think illegal means something is unlawful. That’s what it is. And up here in Washington state we have a problem with illegals from Russia. And yes they are Caucasian (“white people”). Sorry to spoil what I’m sure you thought was a very good trick question.

  • I would love to light a drone up with one of my guns:)

  • Illegal immigrants in my eyes are invaders. Idc what theyre coming here for, there is a process. If u dont follow it you’re showing u have no respect for our laws and since u are illegal you will never be able to have a normal life, you are involved in an illegal world the minute u step foot on our soil illegally.