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Rand Paul wants to give all illegal immigrants US citizenship

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In another break from Republican Party orthodoxy, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has said that America’s illegal immigrants should be integrated into the tax system in a program that would eventually lead to the possibility of citizenship.

Speaking about immigration issues at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Paul said “Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport” the millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States en masse.

“Prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into becoming and being taxpaying members of society,” the Tea Party leader and suspected 2016 presidential candidate added.

The senator specified that his support for comprehensive immigration reform would be contingent upon tougher border security and confirmations from Congress that it has indeed been strengthened. He did not elaborate, though, on how the country’s borders might be made safer.

“Immigration reform will not occur until conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation and to be part of the solution,” he said.

Paul never actually said the word “citizenship” in his 17-minute speech, with aides telling the press later that the senator’s legislative aims would see illegal immigrants given a probationary status as legal workers. Such a program would then give such legal non-citizen workers the opportunity to obtain permanent residency through the coveted green card program. After five years, they would be eligible to apply for citizenship.

Immigration has become a central issue in recent months among Republicans, who suffered an election loss at the presidential polls in fall 2012 – with Latinos and other ethnic minorities providing a significant amount of support for the campaign of now second-term US President Barack Obama. Paul’s comments came a day after a report from the Republican National Committee called on the party to get behind serious reform. However, that report did not go into detail about whether illegal immigrants should be given a shot at citizenship, which many on the right deride as ‘amnesty.’

The details Paul provided differ from more common proposals, which tend to criminalize employers who hire illegal immigrants – a system the senator said essentially amounts to “making every business owner a policeman.”

Republicans have been reaching out to Hispanic Americans in recent months, with Paul saying that without changes to its image and direction, the Republican Party risks political exile as a “permanent minority.”


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4 Responses to " Rand Paul wants to give all illegal immigrants US citizenship "

  1. Dr.Valhall says:

    His visit to Israel was not in vain. It’s pretty evident whose interests he’s serving now.

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    • Jim says:

      Millions upon millions of Christians would love to “visit Israel” – it is not “pretty evident whose interests he’s serving now.”

      YOUR interests in this world may be strictly material, and pure-logic – but there is more to life than such pursuits. I rather build a relationship and not with just anybody, but how about an ancient culture from thousands of years ago, that I have happen to read about, and seen enacted in epic movies!

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  2. Josh Steeler says:

    “The single fact that we owe not one single truth, not one idea in philosophy or religion to the Semitic race is, of itself, ample reward for years of study, and it is a fact indisputable, if I read the Vedas and Zend Avesta right.” Albert Pike

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  3. Josh Steeler says:

    We seldom realize the importance of what Einstein said: “We should be thankful to Aryans in India who taught us how to count without which no worthwhile scientific discovery would have been possible.”

    We fail to recognize the magnitude of the famous British Historian Grant Duff’s words: “Many of the advances in the sciences that we consider today to have been made in Europe were in fact made in India by Aryans centuries ago.”

    We ignore what the American Historian Will Durant said: “India was the motherland of our race and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages. India was the mother of our philosophy, of much of our mathematics, of the ideals embodied in Christianity… of self-government and democracy. In many ways, Mother India is the mother of us all.”
    Most of us are not even aware of the historical facts which the famous French philosopher and writer

    Voltaire knew when he wrote: “It is very important to note that some 2,500 years ago at the least Pythagoras went from Samos to the Ganges to learn geometry…But he would certainly not have undertaken such a strange journey had the reputation of the Brahmins’ science not been long established in Europe.”

    Mr. W.D. Brown, the British philosopher, admits in his Superiority of the Vedic Religion as under:
    “Vedic religion recognises but one God. It is a thoroughly scientific religion, where religion and science meet hand in hand. Here theology is based on science and philosophy.”

    So why Israel, Bible and Jesus? askwhy.co.uk and visit richardcassaro.com

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