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Rand Paul Turns Sights To Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Will Embrace Amnesty in Tuesday Speech)
BuzzFeed ^ | 03-19-2013 | John Stanton

Posted on 03/18/2013 9:18:23 PM PDT by montag813

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday Sen. Rand Paul will urge conservatives to abandon their long standing opposition to a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented workers in the United States, bluntly warning to not do so Republicans "will need to resign ourselves to permanent minority status," according to excerpts of a Tuesday speech obtained by BuzzFeed.

In a speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit, Paul will lay out his case for a conservative, and Republican, embrace of comprehensive reform. "The Republican Party has insisted for years that we stand for freedom and family values. I am most proud of my party when it stands for both … Republicans need to give birth to a new attitude toward immigrants, an attitude that sees immigrants as assets not liabilities," Paul will say, according to excerpts of the speech.

Like many Republicans who back a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Paul argues Latinos should be a natural wellspring of GOP votes that the party has increasingly abandoned.

"Hispanics should be a natural and sizable part of the Republican base. That they have steadily drifted away from the GOP in each election says more about Republicans than it does Hispanics," Paul will say, arguing that "Defense of the unborn and defense of traditional marriage are Republican issues that should resonate with Latinos, but have been obscured by the misperception that Republicans are hostile to immigrants."

Although Paul has long been supportive of comprehensive reform that includes some form of a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers, Tuesday's speech represents his most detailed comments on the topic.

"Those who work for reform must understand that a real solution must ensure that our borders are secure. It must modernize our immigration controls and databases. It must allow for as much legal immigration as our workforce requires. And it must treat those who are already here with understanding and compassion—without also unduly rewarding them for coming illegally," Paul will say.

"We should be proud that so many want to come to America, that it is still seen as the land of opportunity. Let's make it a land of legal work, not black market jobs. Let's make it a land of work not welfare. Our land should be one of assimilation, not hiding in the shadows."

Paul also will take on many of the talking points used by conservative opponents of comprehensive reform. For instance, Paul will outright dismiss claims that undocumented immigrants have become a drain on the nation's welfare system, saying "I've never met a new immigrant looking for a free lunch."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; immigration; paul; rand; randpaul
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1 posted on 03/18/2013 9:18:23 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

So Governor Sarah Palin is the only significant holdout?


2 posted on 03/18/2013 9:19:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: montag813

Libertopians are ever thus.

If you think the US can absorb an entire 3rd world country and survive you should check out how hard it is on the mighty EU to keep Greece and Cypress afloat.

heh


3 posted on 03/18/2013 9:20:10 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: montag813

4 posted on 03/18/2013 9:21:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: montag813

When is one of these buffoons going to explain WHY we need “comprehensive immigration reform”. What is wrong with the laws we already have?


5 posted on 03/18/2013 9:22:24 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Whatever happened to the land of the free, home of the brave?)
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To: montag813

No, Mr. Paul, I am not willing to let those who stole into my country vote to determine my and my country’s fate.


6 posted on 03/18/2013 9:23:52 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

As buffoons, they like the word “comprehensive.” It sounds important.


7 posted on 03/18/2013 9:24:29 PM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: montag813

Defense of the unborn and marriage obviously don’t resonate with hispanics at large. If they did, they wouldn’t vote 65-70% dem in every election. Reminds me of the same Republicans who say that blacks are natural social conservatives. Maybe personally or something, but it’s not a political issue that matters to them.

Obama could have performed a DX live onstage in Charlotte and he’d still have gotten 71% of the hispanic vote. Maybe more.

Frustrating to see all the major players(Paul, Rubio, Christie, Bush, Ryan) all get behind amnesty.

Ah well, I guess it’s up to the people now. They’ll have to stop them again, like they did back in 07


8 posted on 03/18/2013 9:27:53 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: montag813

Another one bites the dust.

Potential Republican leaders are falling like rocks.


9 posted on 03/18/2013 9:29:27 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

I don’t agree with Coulter on everything, and her defense of Romney was nauseating at times, but she’s right on this


10 posted on 03/18/2013 9:30:41 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: montag813; FlingWingFlyer; chris37; 2ndDivisionVet

“The Republican Party has insisted for years that we stand for freedom and family values.”

We also stand for the rule of law. He conveniently forgot that. Without that there is no freedom or family value.


11 posted on 03/18/2013 9:30:58 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: montag813; All

He who embraces Amnesty, embraces THE HYDRA.

We are NOT the United States of Mexico!


12 posted on 03/18/2013 9:31:07 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So Governor Sarah Palin is the only significant holdout?

In 2008 she supported McCain's position and has never really distanced herself from it.
13 posted on 03/18/2013 9:31:26 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: jeltz25
Defense of the unborn and marriage obviously don’t resonate with hispanics at large.

Correct. 65% of Hispanics support "gay marriage". Natural social conservatives, my ass. They want big government.

14 posted on 03/18/2013 9:31:27 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

Never thought a communist was correct, but Nikita Khrushchev looks to have been. He said they would overrun the US without firing a single shot. Never thought our leaders would help Nikita Khrushchev’s dream to come true. I was wrong.


15 posted on 03/18/2013 9:31:50 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: montag813

“hiding in the shadows”

Utter nonsense and a LIE.

Recall the millions of foreigners marching in our cities with the stated purpose of causing harm, the so-called “Day Without Immigrants”.

Foreigners here in violation of law are illegal aliens. They are not “undocumented workers” or any other euphemism and they most certainly are not “immigrants”. Immigrants obey the law!

The arrogance of these people is exceeded only by the cowardice of our politicians.


16 posted on 03/18/2013 9:32:32 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: duckworth
As buffoons, they like the word “comprehensive.” It sounds important.

And muffles the "amnesty" part so people won't notice that.
17 posted on 03/18/2013 9:33:11 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Graewoulf

Nope. THEY are the United States of Mexico... unless they actually got around to changing their official name.


18 posted on 03/18/2013 9:33:53 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: montag813
Attract voters with our conservative message...one that applies to anyone regardless of race, creed, gender or any breakdown...rather than kowtow to a specific segment of the population, Sen Paul.
19 posted on 03/18/2013 9:34:52 PM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: TomGuy
What is wrong with you? Vice presidential candidates of major parties ALWAYS put their personal feelings & opinions in their pockets and support the presidential candidate. C'mon, you know that as well as I do. Do you think Geraldine Ferraro agreed with Fritz on everything? How about Poppa Bush and Ronald Reagan? If you want to criticize Gov. Palin, fine, but straw men get set on fire, my FRiend.
20 posted on 03/18/2013 9:36:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: GeronL

Not so, they are FROM the United States of Mexico.


21 posted on 03/18/2013 9:37:31 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: montag813

Sounds like Ron Paul Jr. meets his Waterloo tomorrow.

What do you get when you toss a hand-grenade into a bodega kitchen?
Linoleum blownapart.


22 posted on 03/18/2013 9:39:14 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: montag813
"bluntly warning to not do so Republicans "will need to resign ourselves to permanent minority status,"

What an idiotic statement. Permanent minority status is exactly what you will get if you do give 11 million (actual number - 20-30 million) illegal aliens the vote.

It seems like Palin and Coulter are the only Republicans with the ba**s to fight this lunacy.

Get it while you can - your life in the future will be that of the Third World. We already have the Hugo Chavez clone in the White House. He will become the norm.

23 posted on 03/18/2013 9:40:12 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Show me one instance where she has distanced herself on the issue — other than that ‘secure the border’ canard that they all have used.


24 posted on 03/18/2013 9:40:59 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Graewoulf

That is what I meant


25 posted on 03/18/2013 9:42:26 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: TomGuy

I’m not Governor Palin’s press agent. Find it yourself.


26 posted on 03/18/2013 9:43:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: montag813
Our land should be one of assimilation, not hiding in the shadows."

Assimilation, especially of conservatives.

Sure you didn't write part of the "Autopsy", Rand?

27 posted on 03/18/2013 9:43:40 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jeff Sessions blasted the bill on the senate floor. I would say he is not a fan.


28 posted on 03/18/2013 9:46:50 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: montag813

So, if we already know what he “will say”, why should he even bother to give the speech? We shall see.....


29 posted on 03/18/2013 9:47:23 PM PDT by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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To: Jane Long

Same reasoning Marco gave. But it is pure Amnesty.


30 posted on 03/18/2013 9:48:00 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You are the one who said Palin was against it.

Prove it.

You can’t.

Because, she has never said she was against it.

At least Coulter published an article recently stating her objections.


31 posted on 03/18/2013 9:48:41 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: montag813

Well, Rand can join Rubio on my list of “no way in hell will I ever vote for, should they even bother to run” names. Passing amnesty will make all future politics and elections rather moot anyway. End-game for America.


32 posted on 03/18/2013 9:49:04 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Mozilla

Yep. When I hear “living in the shadows” I know it’s code for amnesty. What part of “Illegal” and “breaking the law” do they not understand?


33 posted on 03/18/2013 9:50:47 PM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: TomGuy
Ping me when Ann Coulter runs for office. Any office. Dogcatcher, vector control commissioner, county clerk, whatever. She's a lawyer, so she could theoretically be a prosecutor or some such.
34 posted on 03/18/2013 9:53:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: jeltz25

Problem is all the latest polling shows the people are now for it.


35 posted on 03/18/2013 9:53:59 PM PDT by chopperjc
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these turd republicans better figure out real fast that this is the one line they best not cross or they are going lose in 2014 in a way they cannot even imagine ...this will absolutely fracture the republican base and the party will be destroyed.... total dem rule forever


36 posted on 03/18/2013 9:56:21 PM PDT by thestob
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To: Jane Long

Rand should be working to secure the borders. but it seems he is too much like his father and wants open borders. Everyone knows that Obama won’t have to enforce anything in the bill about securing borders. And this at a time where illegals are being released out of jail. Illegals get a free pass according to Marco and Rand and they now stand with McCain and Grahmnesty.


37 posted on 03/18/2013 9:57:09 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Graewoulf

You mean like Reagan? I do not say this to be a jerk but I would like to see the path and the bill before yelling too much.


38 posted on 03/18/2013 9:57:09 PM PDT by chopperjc
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To: montag813
"misperception that Republicans are hostile to immigrants."

It's not a misperception...it's been a deliberate attempt by the media to paint "r's" as such. If there is hostility, it is toward law breakers..not immigrants.

39 posted on 03/18/2013 9:58:22 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: montag813; AuntB

AuntB,

What’s your take on this?


40 posted on 03/18/2013 9:59:40 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ping me when Ann Coulter runs for office

What does that have to do with Palin's position on amnesty?

You stated that Palin was against it. I asked you for one statement from Palin to prove your allegation. You change the subject.

Based on your bio page, you are a big Palin supporter. You should be able to point to one statement where she is against amnesty. Google shows dozens of references to her position supporting McCain's position between 2008 and 2010. You discount that because she was McCain's running mate. But you can't show anything contrary since 2008.


41 posted on 03/18/2013 10:02:37 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy; 2ndDivisionVet

Well, we could start with the following two facts:

1. She has stated publicly that we should build the fence NOW!
2. She was one of a few high-profile LOUD supporters of AZ1070. You remember AZ1070 don’t you?


42 posted on 03/18/2013 10:03:06 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie; TomGuy; 2ndDivisionVet

She has also stated that illegals should not get Drivers Licences.

So with respect to this issue, she is one of the only politicians I’ve seen who positions on this issue are truly evolving in the right direction.


43 posted on 03/18/2013 10:04:28 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: montag813

44 posted on 03/18/2013 10:04:37 PM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: montag813

Rand Paul drops the ball - and any and all presidential hopes, assuming he had any.


45 posted on 03/18/2013 10:06:08 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: chopperjc; Graewoulf
The '86 amnesty was supposed to be a one time only deal.

The whole point of the '86 legislation was to be bring the system back under control so that we wouldn't be in a position where we have 15 - 20 million illegals in the country.

The amnesty was the proverbial sacrifice that had to be made in order to achieve the goal. We were finally going to get serious about enforcement after we had absorbed those millions into the system.

Enforcement simply fell be the wayside as the years went by.

46 posted on 03/18/2013 10:07:52 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: montag813

I let him know what I think. Here’s the contact link for anyone else so inclined:

http://www.paul.senate.gov/?p=contact


47 posted on 03/18/2013 10:09:28 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: TomGuy
Desperate much? I'm not going to get in the mud with you. Gov. Palin is one of the most prominent and famous women in the world. Millions of articles have been written about her. You obviously have access to the Internet or you wouldn't be here. If you want to know about Gov. Palin’s stands on immigration, amnesty, soda cup size restrictions or anything else, do a web search. You're not paying me to do research and I don't work for you. My point about Miss Coulter is that it's easy to take a stand when you don't have to run for office or govern. Sarah Palin has done both, Ann Coulter has done neither. Get it?
48 posted on 03/18/2013 10:10:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: montag813

He’s as rotten as his old man!!!


49 posted on 03/18/2013 10:13:00 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The illegals seem to be intent on coming here to work. We have a perfectly serviceable set of immigration laws. If they wanted to become citizens, they could apply and follow the rules. In the absence of that, why do we need to take any action regarding citizenship?


50 posted on 03/18/2013 10:17:22 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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