Ted Kennedy’s 1964 immigration reform act was a travesty.
Immigration laws do need reform but not the way the dems are writing it.
Rand Paul has been said to favor a pathway to citizenship which requires legalization. His bill to secure the border would have never been enforced by this administration. His playing politics with legalization would lead to 10 million new democrat voters in short order. They would register to vote without proving citizenship. Illegal immigrants will cheat on voting just as they cheated by coming across the border illegally.
Rand doesn’t seem to understand that legalization gives the democrats permanent power for generations.
There should be no legalization until there are mass deportations and the border is secure. Then we’ll talk.
Immigration does need reform. I don’t think the quota based immigration is really doing what America wants.
It would be better to have people pay x amount to legally come to america and gain residency. They would then have to stay in America for a specific length of time (say 10 years) maintaining residency and then they could apply for citizenship.
Break a law - get deported and have to start all over.
However, this would only work if and only if, the welfare state were dismantled. So the problem isn’t really immigration but the welfare state.
Paul has said repeatedly No new pathways to citizenship, the same is also posted on his web site.
Totally agree with the rest of your post.