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.

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416 Comments:

  1. WOW! Everyone has to see what this US Korean legal citizen had to say in this 5 minutes video:

    Citizen Presents Eloquent Defense of 2nd Amendment Before Bureaucrats: Video
    http://www.infowars.com/citizen-presents-eloquent-defense-of-2nd-amendment-before-bureaucrats-video/

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  2. youtube.com/watch?v=1C3au60aTe­4
    this video shows you who the real illegals are.
    its going viral so youll see it one way or another.

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  3. You have a really stupid view. Ron Paul wants to get us out of all these stupid wars and take out U.S. embassies and bases from foreign counties. That seems pretty peaceful to me.

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  4. The whole world is fucked up not just America.

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  5. America = fuck all you piece of shits who follow our immigration laws. Fuck you for applying to come to USA legally. Fuck you for waiting in line. We don’t give a fuck about you. All we care about is those who jump the fence or overstay their visa. Why? It’s because we feel sorry for them. That’s why we don’t respect OUR OWN LAWS! It’s because we feel sorry for them.

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  6. French Canadian,
    Investment question for you. Right now, what would you buy=gold, silver or platinum?

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  7. kazwd1 41 minutes ago

    Does anyone know or have a complete copy of the gun ban proposal? Some one told me that page 13 states all semi auto firearms! That ofcourse means all our pistols that are not revolvers!

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  8. kazwd1 41 minutes ago

    Does anyone know or have a complete copy of the gun ban proposal? Some one told me that page 13 states all semi auto firearms! That ofcourse means all our pistols that are not revolvers!

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  9. Hey knight, check out which candidate received the most donations from the troops. I’ll give you a hint: it wasn’t Obama or Romney

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  10. The media really fucked you up lol. Do a little research…

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  11. Its because he doesn’t like World Peace

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  12. Explain to me why you don’t like Ron Paul.

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  13. French Canadian, I’ve found this site to me more of the same dialectic, and it often digresses to the language of trolls.I wanted instead to share this video of a biochemist that articulates many of the questions my husband has talked about regarding the direction that science has gone in. I’m trying to work on UN Agenda 21 in our community and a few other pressing issues. Going to see if we can meet with our sheriff=who I send info. as it presents itself, about what we can do to work together as a citizenry if the time presents itself. We are working now to be as prepared as possible for an economic meltdown and ensuring chaos that will follow. Do you grow your own food? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0waMBY3qEA4

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  14. I wonder of Ron Paul insulted all the soldiers as they were dying like his did Chris.

    I will insult Ron Paul all day as long as he attacks people like Chris after they die. What Ron Paul did is unAmerican and no one should even try to defend this guy. There is no soldier in the military who would sink as low as Ron Paul sunk. His comments is all the evidence you to see that as you put it, he was a slacker. If you disagree with the war that is fine, but dont attack our fallen soldiers.

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  15. Im so glad Ron Paul is retired now. I hope he doesnt continue the fight anymore. Its time to retire this old dog and let him pursue his golden years, he served us as best he could. Stop doing radio Mr Paul, the only pics I want to see of you from here on out is of you fishing with your grandbabies. You did all you could we will take it from here.

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  16. Im so glad Ron Paul is retired now. I hope he doesnt continue the fight anymore. Its time to retire this old dog and let him pursue his golden years, he served us as best he could. Stop doing radio Mr Paul, the only pics I want to see of you from here on out is of you fishing with your grandbabies. You did all you could we will take it from here.

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  17. Still supporting Romney. Rand alwys was establishment. He talks like his dad sometimes but if you look at his record, hes just another politician

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