Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he believes some type of amnesty legislation could pass this year.
Appearing at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, Paul again said that he voted against the Senate’s immigration bill because there were not enough visas for construction and farm workers and said he still thought “something could be passed this year” on immigration. Legislation has stalled after Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted the House GOP leadership’s “immigration principles” as amnesty.
Paul then told the Harvard students that about 40% of illegal immigrants came to the country legally. Though many of these now illegal immigrants have overstayed their visas, Paul claimed that most of these illegal immigrants simply just got new jobs. He has also previously said that these illegal immigrants simply lost their documents.
And Rand Paul, though principled (most Big-L libertarians favor amnesty and near-unrestricted immigration) is rapidly losing his luster with me. I’d be interested to see how Paul would justify a policy that would guarantee an even bigger, more powerful, left-wing state.
Paul’s namesake, Ayn Rand, had this to say on the issue of suicidal ideological whims:
By “ideological” (in this context), I mean groups or
movements proclaiming some vaguely generalized, undefined (and, usually,
contradictory) political goals. (E.g., the Conservative Party, which
subordinates reason to faith, and substitutes theocracy for capitalism; or the
“libertarian” hippies, who subordinate reason to whims, and substitute
anarchism for capitalism.) To join such groups means to reverse the
philosophical hierarchy and to sell out fundamental principles for the sake of
some superficial political action which is bound to fail. It means that you
help the defeat of your ideas and the victory of your enemies.
Which is exactly what Libertarians pushing unfettered immigration, and advocating rewarding criminal illegal immigration, are doing: Helping to defeat their ideas, and guaranteeing the victory of their enemies.
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