Skip to comments.Has Ron Paul Done An Immigration 180?
Posted on 05/02/2011 11:34:26 AM PDT by La Lydia
Is Ron Paul the next "pro-immigration libertarian" to bedevil conservatives? VDare's Washington Watcher columnist surveys Liberty Defined, Paul's latest book, and finds a "tragic turnaround on immigration." In an email to supporters, Tom Tancredo accused his former congressional colleague and fellow 2008 Republican presidential candidate of doing a "180 turn" on immigration and "standing with La Raza and the Chamber of Commerce."
... "While we have differed very publicly on issues such as the threat of Radical Islam, he had generally been an ally on immigration in Congress. He was a solid vote against amnesty, a leader in ending birthright citizenship, and joined my Immigration Reform Caucus," (Tancredo wrote).
According to these critics...Paul repeats cliches about illegal aliens only doing jobs Americans won't do, canards about using the Army for mass deportations, and comes out for some kind of "generous visitor worker program" that bars participants from receiving government benefits. Paul remains opposed to amnesty -- though Tancredo characterizes this last position as "amnesty with an 'asterisk'" -- and birthright citizenship, but is also against Arizona's SB 1070, E-Verify, and employer sanctions against hiring illegal aliens.
What has long separated Paul from open-borders libertarians is his belief in borders and national sovereignty, plus his agreement with Milton Friedman that a welfare state cannot have unlimited immigration. But he has never to my knowledge been interested in restrictionism per se...
There are also legitimate civil libertarian concerns with some of the restrictionists' pet legislation, like Real ID.
But if these Liberty Defined summaries are accurate, it does represent a shift in Paul's immigration rhetoric...
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
Once a libertarian kook, always a libertarian kook.
So, the author of this piece hasn’t read the book, but summarizes some criticism.
I guess, this is to increase book sales. I guess I need to read it.
The place where Libertarians go wrong on immigration is that they do not realize you cannot have a country that is a “melting pot”. It is a fiction. Human nature is too flawed for it to work.
Why is Japan not enduring weeks of looting? Because they are almost all Japanese.
Some day Americans will learn this. Probably sometime after the Reconquista and the dissolution of the USSA we know today.
One wonders if there will be enough Americans around to care.
I doubt it.
Yet more spam?
Intersting. The comments at the site are mixed. Maybe one should read the book before writing a blog article about it?
This is just another reason to not vote for LRon. Michelle Bachmann seems to be the only candidate serious about illegal immigration.
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